The demand for flexible and remote working options is on the rise. According to Vodafone's research on Smart Working, 77% of SME employees are in favour of remote, flexible or smart working practices but only 9% of SME owners are fully embracing it. In response to this gap, Vodafone and their partner Abodoo, collaborated with the SFA to give small businesses a variety of resources so that they can embrace smart working practices into their business.

So what is Smart Working?
Smart Working is a term used to describe the combination of technology with agile, flexible working arrangements so that employees can work remotely. This can be from home, a co-working space or a hybrid model of part office and part remote working.

Abodoo, a company that matches businesses with remote workers, details in the video below what is Smart Working as well as the benefits it can bring to your business. Our two video case studies and a case study by Vodafone all demonstrate that Smart Working can increase your profits, enhance employee engagement and productivity and much more.

Potential challenges to Smart Working?
When we asked the respondents in our Grow, Scale, Succeed survey about the challenges to Smart Working, the three main concerns were issues around security and sensitive data, perceptions that it would not suit their business culture and concerns about team communication.

This ranges from resources on keeping your technology secure, information on connectivity and collaboration tools so you remain connected with your teams, where to find your local co-working space right through to a checklist for working remotely and a sample remote working policy.