Flexible working isn’t new. We’ve already seen legislation on work from home requests come into effect, elevating the concept of smarter working practices to the board level, but the road doesn’t end there. It’s not just a cultural change that’s critical to flexible working success.
Posted on 5th October 2015 in Home Working.
There’s no doubt setting up a new business is a daunting yet exciting experience, especially when it comes to deciding where to set up your operations. Home working can be a great choice for those who are just setting up a new venture and believe it or not, there are now more than 4.2 million people who work from home in the UK.
Here are our top tips for maximising efficiency when working from home.
In February 2013 Marissa Mayer the new CEO of Yahoo made the statement that her employees were no longer allowed to work from home. Her reason “to become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.” Vodafone responded saying that British businesses can save up to £34bn a year by looking at new ways of working including hot desking and remote working. But how practical is this, what does it mean for the hundreds of thousands of people that work flexibly and therefore often from home. What does it mean for an employer?
Research this week has shown that the UK’s adult working population spends over 43
million hours per day commuting to and from work. The research, carried out by memory and storage experts Crucial.com, examined the current working habits of the UK in terms of home working vs the office, to determine which option provides a better environment for maximum productivity.
Last week, I spoke to Mindy Gibbins-Klein, who runs two businesses from her office in the back garden. She gave some great advice on how to make the most of working from home, and how to make it a success. This week, I spoke to Sam Barcroft, founder of Barcroft Media, about his business journey and how it all started from home.
A quarter of UK bosses say that employees are viewed negatively by their organisation if they ask to work from home or out of the office. This is according to a report released by webexpenses, a cloud-based expenses platform.