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Vodafone signals support of home working

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Telecoms giant Vodafone has thrown its weight behind the concept of home working, thedrum.com reports.

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Telecoms giant Vodafone has thrown its weight behind the concept of home working, thedrum.com reports. Despite some of the world's largest firms - including Yahoo! - going against the trend of smaller firms by prohibiting home working, Vodafone has offered its firm support. The firm said that despite fears put forward by the likes of Yahoo!, it still saw home working as the "smarter" and more productive way to do business. This sentiment was based on figures released by YouGov which claimed the average desk space cost UK firms in the region on £5,746 per year - despite bosses thinking the figure is actually closer to £441. Therefore, by permitting more employees to work from their home or garden office, British firms could collectively save close to £34 billion annually. Commenting on the view, enterprise director at Vodafone UK, Jeroen Hoencamp, told freshbusinessthinking.com how some British firms were "blinkered" when it came to flexible working. He also believes the view that people would abuse the system is incorrect. "We need to get Britain working smarter and thinking about different ways of working," he added. "A potential saving of up to £34 billion is staggering and this research reveals businesses are underestimating the savings they can make through reducing the number of desks they have."

Author:

David Howells

11th March 2013