A survey of more than 500 managers found that the UK is on the verge of a flexible working "tipping point", moving away from the traditional 9-5 day in an office.
The research, by Lancaster University's Work Foundation and software firm Citrix, suggested that more than half of businesses will have adopted flexible working arrangements as of 2017.
More than a third of those questioned said the trend will result in them working longer hours, while many believed it could block them from overseeing the work of other employees.
Dr Cathy Garner, director of the Work Foundation, said: "The evidence is showing a clear trend towards a more flexible way of working in the UK as the hurdles are overcome by fresh innovations in technology and people management.
"We believe that employees and their employers will benefit from the virtuous circle created - whereby improved job design, work organisation and trusting relationships lead to healthier, happier and more productive workplaces."
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