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Remote Working Experience Backlash As Employees Worry About Future

A report commissioned by Microsoft over the impact of Remote Working found out that the proportion of firms that allow their employees to work outside the office (either teleworking or homeworking) had dropped substantially from 60 percent to just under half of firms surveyed.

While businesses are being urged to cut back on transport costs and office costs, many employees fear that working from home may alienate them and increase their job insecurity.

The research also highlighted the fact that senior managers are three times more likely tow work from home compared to other employees, leading to the conclusion that working outside the office could be seen as a hidden perk by some.

Worryingly, some companies - one in eight - actively discouraged remote working and only 10 percent of those queried said that they felt free to work remotely as part of their day to day job

Further research by CBS Outdoor showed that working away from the office could improve productivity dramatically and generate up to £9 billion for the UK economy.

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.