New data shows that working from home is on the rise with 40 per cent taking the opportunity at least once a week and 1 in 10 now working from home full time*.
In fact, the practice is becoming so popular that a quarter (26 per cent) of Brits surveyed stated they would not accept a job if it did not allow them the option of working from home.
The positives of working from home are clear, with over half of those surveyed (59 per cent) saying they are more productive when they choose to work from home and 46 per cent stating they actually prefer to work from home.
When asked to list what they felt the most important benefits of working from home were, those surveyed stated time saved commuting (30 per cent), a better work life balance (22 per cent), higher productivity (14 per cent), reduced stress (11 per cent), and money saved from no longer commuting in to work (nine per cent).
A small proportion also highlighted their reduced carbon footprint as a bonus. The average person in the UK would reduce their CO2 emissions by 988 kg, equivalent to the volume of CO2 absorbed by forty-four fully grown trees in a year.
Despite the benefits almost half (47per cent) of employees state their workplace doesn’t have an official policy on working from home. And perhaps because of this Brits do have some concerns about converting to working from home. A third (33 per cent) admit they like to work from home but only part time, 15 per cent are concerned about colleagues judging them for being out of the office, and 11 per cent worry they are less likely to be considered for promotions.
Louise Goodman, Marketing Director at Monster.co.uk, comments,
Working from home is a growing trend in the UK – however some businesses have been slow to adapt. For anyone who thinks they would work well outside of the office environment, and would like to save a little time on the side, you are well within your rights to ask your employer for the opportunity to work from home.
At Monster, we ran a few ‘what if’ scenarios looking into the other positive impacts that increased working from home could bring. It turns out beyond potentially improving work life balance, we could see less crowded trains, substantial savings and significantly reduced CO2 emissions. All very good reasons to consider a switch.
*from jobs site, Monster.co.uk
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