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Home working increases productivity, finds O2

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Telecommunications giant O2 claims its workforce was more productive and enjoyed greater freedom during a one-off experiment into flexible working.

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Telecommunications giant O2 claims its workforce was more productive and enjoyed greater freedom during a one-off experiment into flexible working. Over a third of staff who took part in the project said they believed that they worked harder than usual whilst working at home, while nine out of 10 said they were at least as productive, reports People Management Employees who worked from home during the experiment; possibly from the comfort of their own garden office, were also happier with the extra time they had to play with. According to Grapevine Magazine, 14 per cent of staff said they had more time to spend with their loved ones, while 16 per cent benefited from more sleep, and 12 per cent more relaxation time. O2's business director Ben Dowd says that the day showed that with the right tools, working at home can have many benefits for managers and staff alike. "Above all though, it demonstrates that the principles underlying flexible working really are the principles that will build the future of work, and determine the way that people, technology and buildings interact in the decades and centuries ahead," he said. Home workers also saved themselves a packet by ditching the car in favour of the home desk or sofa. By taking around 1,000 cars off the road they reduced their carbon emissions by 12 tonnes and saved £9000.

Author:

Chris Taylor

3rd April 2012