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Work Wise push for Teleworking to get backing from CBI

The CBI, UK's leading business organisation with an estimated 240,000 member businesses, has vowed to encourage smarter working practices - which includes flexible working, mobile working, remote working and working from home.

This comes as UK celebrated the first ‘National Work from Home’ Day on Monday the 5th. Teleworking as a whole is getting more steam as reported in this blog, earlier this year. More than 2 million people get their jobs to run around their lives and not vice-versa.

The smaller the company, the easier it tends to be. The figures speak for themselves - the average UK commuter faces 47 working days per year, 8 hours a week and 2906 miles a year commuting, spending between £1152 and £2880 annually.

Smarter working is good not only for the individual's pocket but also for corporates and the environment. The RAC foundation estimates that if smarter working can cut commuter traffic by 10%, the UK economy can save up to £10 billion over five years.

CBI Director-General, Sir Digby Jones, pledged support for Work Wise UK (opens in new tab) - a three year campaign aimed at establishing flexi-working as the way forward - saying that working 9 to 5, five days a week is an anachronism in an increasingly competitive global market.

Work Wise UK is organised by not-for-profit organisation, IT Forum Foundation, this campaign is also backed by TUC, Scope, BT and the British Chambers of Commerce.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.