LONDON—Flexible working has a larger financial impact on businesses than cutting operational costs. So say 66 percent of respondents in a Polycom survey. The study offers more proof of the financial viability of virtual office technologies.

A flexible working strategy empowers workers with the ability to work at home or out of the office regularly or occasionally. According to the survey, companies with flexible working programs report that employees who participate are 39 percent more productive than others.

Considering that, on average, respondents say that more than half of a company's ability to generate revenue depends on the positive productivity of its employees, the extra productivity of flexibly working employees has a significant impact on the bottom line. Companies looking for new ways to succeed and thrive should tap into virtual offices and virtual office technologies.

"At Polycom we've seen that flexible working is proliferating across Europe and now the Gulf, and these survey results provide further evidence for this," says Gary Rider, president at EMEA Polycom.

"In the past, flexible working has primarily been considered an employee benefit, enabling a better work-life balance and reducing travel time and costs. But in fact, these results show that a flexible working strategy is a huge benefit to the business too, improving employee productivity by as much as 39 percent, and video collaboration is also a key component, keeping people connected and collaborating from wherever they are.”

Virtual offices are part and parcel of the flexible working trend. With the rise of mobile workers, virtual offices are filling a need for a hybrid of technologies and traditional office space. Polycom has prove once again that alternative workplace strategies are vital to the future of a productive workforce.