Working from home is today’s modern shorthand. Employees who work at home are more likely to work in excess of their contracted hours and would opt to work from home over a pay rise. Creating a flexible working environment that helps employees grow and develop is an ongoing process.
Today, every industry is more about getting things done, accommodating clients and completing projects - irrespective of where an employee works; also because of rising traffic congestion and the spread of laptops, as well as cell-phone connectivity, it is quickly becoming the ‘norm’ to work from home. It is only the employee who has difficulty managing his workload at the office who may find it very awkward to work with distractions at home. However, research indicates that employees who work from home take fewer breaks and work more efficiently.
‘Home is where the work is’
Companies who offer their employees the flexibility of working from home, will win at the end of the day, as their employees will be more productive and consequently more engaged. Home workers made up 13.9% of all those in work in the UK during the first quarter of 2015. The percentage of those in employment who work from home has gone up from from 11.1% in 1998 to 13.9% in January to March 2015.
Of the 4.2m people working from home in 2015, 35.2% were professionals or associate professionals, 23.5% were working within skilled trades and 14.8% were working as managers or senior officials.
A quieter environment means employees can produce more - flexible working is not just about working from home it is about working from wherever an employee needs to be - employees who are not tied to their desk can be more productive. Employees who save time commuting are happy to spend more time being effective. Also employees who work from home are sick less often, remain in their job longer and report being happier.