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Home working on the rise as businesses move from cities

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Home working on the rise as businesses move from cities

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Home working could be an unintentional side-effect of businesses looking to secure cheaper rents, freshbusinessthinking.com reports. With business confidence at a low, many are seeking to cut overheads, with a move out of the city and into cheaper locations being one popular option. This method, of course, may make it more difficult for staff to get into the office, thereby prompting a rise in home working. One such advocate of home working is computing and communications specialist Graham Peck, who explained that the technology was now widely available for businesses to allow their staff to work from home without it impacting productivity. "Businesses who have previously wanted to allow their staff to work more flexibly in order to boost productivity now have the tools to do so," he told node4.co.uk. "And as more people resent paying over the odds for their business accommodation, they now have the incentive to pursue ways of helping staff to migrate to remote working." Peck did suggest, however, that a shift to home working shouldn't be done instantly. Whilst some may have the luxury of a designated garden office, others may not, meaning the transition could prove to be something of a shock. Instead, Peck advised a trial system, whereby employees work from home for a few days a week, before returning to the office for the remainder. Then, this can be increased over time to a full home-working system, once everyone is ready.

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David Howells

14th February 2013