date: 23 September 2010
embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 24 September 2010
Nearly one in five workers want to work from home but are being prevented from doing so by their employer, says the TUC as it offers five reasons for businesses to try out home working to mark National Work From Home Day today (Friday).
Despite the recent growth in home working, official statistics show there is still huge untapped potential across the workforce, with 4.5 million employees saying they want to work from home on a regular basis but are not allowed to do so.
While not all workers want to work from home, and many jobs require staff to be in a specific workplace, there are still millions of people and thousands of businesses that could benefit from more flexible working patterns if they took the chance, says the TUC.
To mark National Work From Home Day, organised by WorkWise UK, the TUC is offering five reasons why businesses can benefit from home working:
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Working for home is growing in popularity but millions of staff are still unable to try it out thanks to over controlling employers.
'Too many workers are wasting their time making journeys they don't need to, clogging our transport networks during the rush hour and adding to their carbon footprint unnecessarily, while companies are losing out on the cost and productivity benefits of home working. Surely we can be a lot smarter than that.
'Many employers are still nervous about introducing home working but National Work From Home Day offers a great opportunity to try it out and see how it benefits both staff and business.'
Chief Executive of Work Wise UK Phil Flaxton said: 'The nature of work is changing and an increasing number of the working population can now work remotely or from home.
'Apart from enhancing work-life balance for employees, with the added health benefits, and reducing the need to travel, working from home can significantly improve productivity, enabling organisations to reduce costs whilst improving efficiency.
'I urge UK employers to embrace new smarter working practices by supporting this year's National Work from Home Day.'
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- The finding that 4.5 million employees say they want to work from home on a regular basis but are not allowed to do so is from the 2007 Work-Life Balance Employee Survey by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform www.berr.gov.uk/files/file38388.pdf
- WorkWiseUK is a not-for-profit initiative promoting smarter working, which includes more flexibility about the time and place of work as a way of delivering higher productivity. Further details can be found at www.workwiseuk.org
- The TUC/CBI/BERR Telework Agreement outlines some of the issues to consider when introducing homeworking: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file27456.pdf
- High-quality home working implies that home working is by mutual consent, is properly resourced and managed, and that both employer and employee gain from the arrangement.
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