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It’s a challenge faced by most employers at some point in their career. Your business is up and running, and you’ve brought a host of talented staff on board; now it’s time to keep their motivation and productivity levels high. Interestingly, new research conducted by CV-Library has revealed that the answer could be simpler than you think; let your employees work from home.

Perhaps surprisingly, 84.3% of home-workers believe that they are equally as productive, or even more productive than those who work in an office. Furthermore, it appears that over three quarters (77.4%) of the UK’s entire working population would agree that working from home has a positive impact on productivity. This makes sense, given that many people are most comfortable and relaxed when they are in their own homes, allowing them to make better, faster decisions. Similarly, home-working enables workers to feel that they have more freedom and therefore control over their work, which often provides a huge boost in productivity levels. Why, then, are only 6.9 million of the nation’s 38 million professionals being afforded the opportunity?

It has been revealed that 18.2% of UK professionals do in fact work from home, with a further 15.4% saying that they split their time between home and the office. However, if employers were worried about their staff slacking off when they’re working out of the office, they needn’t be; 65.8% of home-working employees actually believe that they work longer hours than their office-based colleagues. While it is unlikely that this style of working will suit every business’ needs, the figures seem to suggest that those companies which are in the position to offer flexible working, should.

It’s no secret that happy employees are likely to be more motivated and productive – working from home means that there are fewer meetings and no gruelling commute to the office to contend with. Ultimately, this enables staff to achieve a better work / life balance, and this is key when creating a valuable and successful workforce; 83.2% of the professionals surveyed stated that they do in fact find it easier to successfully manage a good balance between their professional and personal lives as a result of working from home.

Furthermore, providing staff with the chance to work from home is a great way to instil a sense of loyalty; showing your employees that you trust them to work from home will likely boost their loyalty to you. A workforce who are loyal to their company are likely to be more motivated and productive, so allowing home-working is a great way to really give your workers the chance to excel.

If you’re considering remote working for your company, there are measures that can be put in place to ensure that staff are still producing the work. Whether you choose to schedule a weekly meeting for all employees to attend, or you set targets and then ensure that all home-workers check in with you at certain points during the day, allowing staff to work from home can be a real benefit to everyone.

It seems that as a whole, the UK’s approach to business and the working day needs to shift; although the number of hours that British staff are working is increasing, productivity rates are remaining low. Of course, while home-working isn’t suitable for all businesses, it can provide clear benefits to companies and employees alike.

Essentially, as long as employers have measures in place to manage their staff effectively and monitor their productivity levels, it should be easy to determine which environment works best for staff, and ultimately, the company’s output.

By Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library