We all try to deliver our best at work but, speaking personally, I know I am more engaged in delivering business goals when I feel the Company is working for me as well as me working for the Company.

Recent research from the UK’s Advisory, Conciliation, and Arbitration Service (Acas) noted that flexible work arrangements can be the step companies are missing to improve the effectiveness of both individuals and teams as '91% of HR professionals report[ed] that employees were more engaged and satisfied' as a result.

This increased employee satisfaction also continues into length of service. As the article states; employees are 'much likelier to stay in a role for more than five years if their company is flexible about where and when they work'.

Answer this, which Company is going to foster loyalty and enjoy better productivity? The one that says you must be at your desk from 9am-6pm, no exceptions, no matter the circumstances. Or, the one that trusts you to work from home when needed in an environment with, let's be honest, fewer distractions where you can produce a higher volume of higher quality work. 

Workplace flexibility isn't just restricted to working location either. In a world where global business is par for the course, these set hours may be too restrictive to build strong relationships when working across different global regions.

Bill Gates foretold that 'the competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge'. With a company reporting 12% net revenue growth through the first six months of the fiscal year to US$53.5 billion, he seems to be onto something.