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Flexible working in Scottish local authority property: moving on to the highest flexibility level.

Khamkanya, Thadsin; Sloan, Brian

Authors

Thadsin Khamkanya

Brian Sloan



Abstract

Flexible working has emerged as a modern concept for managing office resources more effectively, efficiently, and economically. The highest level of flexible working environment, a non-territorial working environment, can provide the best opportunity to an organisation managing its office area more effectively. Moreover, staff can work in the most suitable place and time. However, in the context of public offices like Scottish Local Authorities, the most flexible working concept is not particularly welcomed at present. Cultural change, inadequate support services, including information and communication technology, working schemes, and alternative working policies are the main barriers. To overcome these barriers, the Authorities need to strategically provide adequate support to staff. Moreover, promoting a good perception towards flexible working culture at appropriate levels within an organisation could be the right strategy for preventing cultural change problems.

Citation

Khamkanya, T., & Sloan, B. (2009). Flexible working in Scottish local authority property: moving on to the highest flexibility level. International Journal of Strategic Property Management, 13, 37-52. https://doi.org/10.3846/1648-715X.2009.13.37-52

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2009-03
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2009
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2009
Print ISSN 1648-715X
Electronic ISSN 1648-9179
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Pages 37-52
DOI https://doi.org/10.3846/1648-715X.2009.13.37-52
Keywords Property Management; Scottish Local Authorities; Organisational culture; Flexible working; Technical support; Managerial support; Effectiveness;
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2492
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/1648-715X.2009.13.37-52