There are an increasing number of UK companies who are investing to enable their employees to work from home. Advantages are obvious: less stress, tax advantages, more flexibility and in many cases, an overall improvement in efficiency.
Teleworking is gaining momentum and looks set to become even more popular in densely populated cities. With transport, office building rates, and associated costs rising above inflation each year, it makes sense to set up a pilot project, or run a survey, to find out what your employees (or employer) think about working from home.
According to a "Guidance on Teleworking" notebook published by the Department of Trade and Industry, more than 2 million people are making regular use of information technology to get their jobs running around their lives and not vice versa.
Technology has also never been so reliable: broadband is cheaper than ever, virtual private networks are easy to setup and to maintain, and now, through the Home Computer Initiative (HCI), companies can even finance their employees computers for less than one might think.
Teleworking does require a certain degree of independence and quite a lot of hard work actually. And, of course, it suits some jobs better than others – white collar as opposed to blue collar, but switching from sardine-style packed tube carriages to a commute from the bedroom to the study certainly adds to the quality of life.