Tags: Home working

Rise in home-working fuelled by desire to take control of work/life balance

British workers are embracing remote working, finds new research by Virgin Media Business and conducted by YouGov. The study reveals that three-quarters (74%) of the remote workers surveyed believe that traditional working patterns have been redefined due to changes in globalisation and competition., with over a third (39%) of UK businesses trading internationally, according to the…

Increasing the number of home workers can cut £3 billion of costs for UK employers

Increasing the numbers of UK employees working from home can cut costs by £3 billion a year for UK employers and employees and save over 3 million tonnes of carbon a year, according to a new report released today by the Carbon Trust. Advances in technologies such as broadband internet, smart phones and cloud computing…

National Work From Home Day

Liverpool-based HR specialists High Performance Consultancy (HPC) are using National Work From Home Day to highlight the value of flexible working. A recent survey found that 70% of managers reported an increase in productivity in response to flexi-working and found that employees are more likely to overcompensate when working out of the office. National Work…

Freelancers reject ‘pyjama wearing’ stereotype

Freelance workers have labelled ‘pyjama wearing’ as the most common stereotype they face in the workplace, finds new survey from contractor accounting specialists Crunch Accounting. The survey conducted by Crunch Accounting quizzed freelance workers, including freelance IT consultants, writers and designers, about the most common career stereotypes they encounter. More than a third (35%) said the belief…

Work/life balance is a top priority for workers this year, says Charles Elvin, Chief Exec of the ILM

Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management talks to Sergio Russo of HRreview on the subject of flexible working and home working. The ILM has recently praised the Work from Home Week and published a report on flexible working. Why do you support working from home? We believe that flexible working…

Gary Cattermole: Working from home can be a real turn off

Employee engagement used to be the latest buzz word bandied around HR departments,  now more and more companies have accepted engagement into their company’s DNA and it has created amazing results for many with productivity and profitability up. High-tech companies such as Google has invested phenomenal amounts of money in keeping their employees motivated and…

The Flux Report may send HR professionals ‘running for the hills’

The statistics in the Flux Report paint an interesting picture of a futuristic workforce with a broader age range, higher numbers of part time and temporary staff, an increase in flexible working arrangements and more contractors and freelancers. Those surveyed anticipate that permanent, full time employees will be in the minority. These predictions may assist…

Mark Eltringham: The greatest challenge for the modern workplace is how to engineer serendipity

It’s not often that workplace management becomes national news but that happened at the end of February when  the world became very interested for a while in the way we design and manage offices. The reason for this was the decision by Yahoo to ban homeworking for staff at its headquarters.  The resultant period of…

Kevin Young: Against home working? You’re holding back the tide

Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman says it will take five years to steady the ship at the troubled tech firm. But if the Silicon Valley giant continues to take backward steps – such as its recent decision to discourage employees from working from home – it will take considerably longer to get its ducks in a…

Mary Fitzpatrick: It’s not about work-life balance, it’s about work-life integration

We believe that diversity in the workplace is crucial. A diverse workforce leads to diverse thinking and diverse thinking leads to efficient problem solving and innovation. In order to attract, nurture and retain a diverse workforce, one of the most important areas to have a clear policy on is what is often called ‘work-life balance’.…