By Daniel Hunter

Businesses could improve their output and productivity by allowing employees to work from home, according to job's board, CV-Library.

Despite a rise in popularity of remote and flexible working, just 6.9 million of the UK's 38 million workers work from home.

But 84.3% of home workers surveyed by CV-Library believe they are just as productive or even more productive than their office-based colleagues. The survey also found that more than three quarters (77.4%) of workers believe that working from home has a positive impact on productivity within the business.

Nearly 90% of home workers said they find it easier to find a good work-life balance, despite 65.8% saying they work more hours at home.

Results show that there are clear advantages to both businesses and employees when staff are able to work from home. The benefits of flexitime, fewer meetings and no gruelling commutes to the office make those that work from home more productive, happier and more able to achieve a healthy work/life balance; all of which is essential in creating valuable and successful employees.

Lee Biggins, CV-Library's founder and managing director, said: “Despite the increasing number of hours that British staff are working, productivity rates remain low in the UK, indicating that our approach to business and the working day needs to shift. Whilst home-working isn't suitable for all businesses, it can provide clear benefits to companies and employees alike. As long as employers manage their employees effectively and monitor productivity levels, it should be easy to determine which environment works best for staff, and ultimately, the company’s output.”