Now in its 10th year, the aim of our Work Wise Week initiative is to promote modern “smarter” working practices such as agile, flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home.

Over the last decade we have lead the way in championing new ways of working and have assisted countless organisations from all sectors to realise the benefits of smarter working practices. In doing so this has enabled their staff to work more flexibly, has saved costs and at the same time significantly increased staff wellbeing.

Smarter working can also be part of a strategy to reduce the need for downsizing and redundancy. Having a flexible, agile workforce enables organisations to adapt to changing market and funding conditions more easily.

Like the Industrial Revolution, electronic communication advances have enabled working practices to change for the better. New business management approaches allowing a more flexible workforce is helping reduce cost bases and has allowed organisations to better manage their way through challenging times.

More importantly, it will help organisations up-scale operations more easily as our economy continues to grow. Being able to recruit and train staff can be a major obstacle to any economy and could hinder this return to prosperity.

A key element to smarter working is changing travel patterns. Working from home reduces commuting and mobile/remote working reduces the need to travel to central offices. Thus enabling the workforce to avoid peak commuting times.

Work Wise Week presents an ideal opportunity for UK Employers to explore how their organisation can boost productivity and efficiency as well as increase the wellbeing and work life balance of their Employees by implementing smarter working practices.

During the week, we will publish a series guest blogs from our strategic partners as well as the heads of organisations who have already experienced the significant benefits of implementing smarter working practices. 

We will also take a look back over the past 10 years as well as give our predictions on what working practices could look like in 2025.

As we celebrate our first decade we invite Employers, Employees and the Self-Employed, throughout the UK to join us in marking Work Wise Week and National Work from Home Day (#workwiseweek and #nwfhd) by using social media channels to promote what they are doing to work smarter.