Chris Cook comments in City AM newspaper on the growing trend for UK businesses to offer employees greater working flexibility and in many cases, the ability to work from home instead of in the office.
There are around 4m homeworkers in the UK, amounting to just over 13 per cent of our current workforce.
In the last decade we’ve seen a 2 per cent growth in homeworking which, although not too dramatic, is substantial when taking into account both the benefits and the burdens it can bring for employers. The New Year encourages many businesses to try a different approach and shake up work patterns – and homeworking could be on the menu.
Pros and cons
Homeworking can reduce overhead costs, increase productivity through cutting out travel time, increase flexibility of office hours (leading to client service being provided over longer working days), and increase staff retention.