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Teleworking gets even more attractive for employers

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.