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Two-fifths shun commute by working remotely

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Increasing numbers of businesses are allowing employees to work from home 'to avoid the commute', hrmagazine.co.uk reports.

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Increasing numbers of businesses are allowing employees to work from home 'to avoid the commute', hrmagazine.co.uk reports. A recent study by BMC Public Health has confirmed what most of us already knew - commuting to work is one of the biggest causes of stress. It can affect sleeping patterns, general health and relationships. It's little wonder, therefore that at least two-fifths of 'flexible workers' work at home purely to avoid a journey to their office. A survey conducted by office space provider, Regus, discovered that many employers are granting remote working requests to staff - particularly on the back of the Olympic Games, where many companies trialled flexible working options to avoid transport delays and disruption. Some 38 per cent of respondents have the opportunity for remote working - be it from a garden studio office or a local branch in town. Employers have found that it improves staff well-being and motivation. 43 per cent said they work for longer when they don't have to commute. 72 per cent of companies experienced higher productivity, according to realbusiness.co.uk. Enabling employees to work remotely not only offers them more time with loved ones or for leisure activities, but it can also break up a dull routine while saving money on travel costs. Not to mention the myriad benefits happier, healthier employees bring to a business.

Author:

Elizabeth Smythe

4th September 2012