Around 42 per cent of employees claim they could be more productive if they were permitted to work from home or on the road, new research has revealed.
Despite this, less than one in ten of the UK's businesses trust their employees to work out of the office, the study conducted by BT Business and Nortel discovered.
John Wright, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said that in the current economic downturn, companies need to be working at "full stretch", so allowing their employees to work from should be considered as an option.
However, many firms are showing a reluctance to let their staff move away from set working hours and desk-based positions.
Barry Bonnett, president of enterprise solutions at Nortel, added: "As lifestyles change, so must management's attitudes towards employees."
Last week, Personnel Today reported that as part of a new flexible working drive, Rio Tinto has asked its staff to clear their desks on a daily basis.