What are the benefits, challenges and opportunities created by flexible working? Fifteen CIOs, from all areas of industry and the public sector, recently joined Annemarie Duffy, CIO of Microsoft UK, and Fiona Nolan, Windows Enterprise Product Marketing Manager, at a CIO.co.uk roundtable to find out.
The event took place at London’s South Palace Hotel, around an actual round table: a fact, which certainly encouraged the dialogue. During the conversations, everyone agreed that the flexible working train has already left the station. The challenge for CIOs is getting everyone on board.
The cultural shift that flexible working requires is often bigger than the technological. The CIO of a young, online company said flexible working came as second nature for his colleagues. But for the CIO of a larger health organisation said that it had required a significant step change, as managers and employees alike clung to their traditional working culture.
Annemarie and Fiona share their reflections on the main ideas and issues that emerged from the event:
The most valuable outcome of the event however, was the opportunity for open and honest peer networking. There was a lot of energy in the room and everybody was asking questions. It was a great way to learn how other CIOs are squaring up to the cultural challenges posed by flexible working.