A few months ago, we wrote a blog post about whether or not working from home can help your work/life balance and many of you agreed that it does, however you also highlighted a key challenge: productivity.
Based on the feedback that we received from this post, we decided to take a closer look at what makes a productive home worker and examined the different distractions that come in the way of a productive work day. The list included cons such as feeling obligated to answer personal phone calls, the distracting lure of social media and the lack of a separation from a work and home environment. Despite these challenges, it was clear that many of you favoured the flexibility of home working and are embracing the opportunities to do so.
Last week, an online article was published exploring the significant shift from office to home working in the UK this past year. According to online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com, there has been a 68 percent increase in the number of UK businesses that are hiring remote workers in the last 12 months (based on a study of more than 45,000 companies).
Nearly 71 per cent of respondents flagged flexibility and cost savings as reasons for employing non-office-based staff. In addition, businesses reported a 23 per cent cut on staff costs as a result of the shift to remote working. The study also found that 91 per cent of business respondents found that the quality of work done by remote workers is just as good, if not better than that of the full-time staff.
While many might view this shift as a direct result of the recession and rising costs, remote working is looking less like a temporary fad. While businesses have admitted that the recession has played a big role in their efforts towards learning how to work more efficiently by using available technology and the web, as well as to cut costs, the claim that the benefits have been so appealing that they are choosing to continue doing so. From those in the study, 70 per cent of businesses have said that they definitely plan on using freelancers in the upcoming year.
What are your views on remote working? Do you prefer it to the traditional ‘working from the office’ model?