Seventy-four per cent of Singapore respondents believe that flexible working is critical to higher productivity, a figure comparable to the global average of 75 per cent, according to a survey.

Global workplace provider Regus surveyed more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries, of which 253 respondents were from Singapore.

It found that workers believe that flexi-work not only helps improve employee productivity by reducing unused office space and slashing commutes, but also makes workers more efficient.

In Singapore, 76 per cent think flexi-work encourages a greater sense of responsibility and time management, while 70 per cent say it fosters creativity.

Respondents also believe that profitable business connections are made by flexi-work (68 per cent), and that it improves the quality (64 per cent) and speed (63 per cent) of decision making.

John Henderson, CFO at Regus, says that the results for Singapore come as no surprise.

"We are seeing this everywhere around the world. Flexible working is one of the megatrends of our time. Singapore's progress is in line with most other countries," he says.

It reduces commuting time, which in turn allows workers and employees to spend that time on the job. Employees who are allowed to decide when and where they work will feel empowered and be more motivated.

He says that flexible working takes pride of place with global businesses which staunchly supports its critical role, and predicts that flexi-work in the future will gather greater importance in Singapore.

"Businesses know that flexible working enhances productivity, but how this comes about is clearly a mixture of many factors ranging from better time management and responsibility to reduction of stress.

"Given that flexible working also significantly reduces unused office space, it is a win-win solution for businesses hoping to make a cost saving and improve worker productivity and happiness," Mr Henderson adds.