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Work-life balance is top benefit of home-working, Microsoft finds

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A new survey has hailed the benefits of working from home - citing a healthy work-life balance as number one, forbes.com reports.

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A new survey has hailed the benefits of working from home - citing a healthy work-life balance as number one, forbes.com reports. Home - or remote - working is one of the perks that is most highly-prized by employees today and research by tech giants Microsoft has confirmed exactly why it is so popular in a list of the top ten advantages to individuals. Respondents extolled the environmentally-friendly virtues of home working where tasks could be completed in a less stressful and quieter atmosphere. It's little wonder that so many people are constructing contemporary garden buildings for use as home offices. In fact, 'separating yourself' by working in a self-contained space is emphasised as key for efficient home working by web designer and home worker, Adam Connor. Writing for business2community.com, Connor says that an office placed next to the living room or children's bedroom can prove too distracting. "I have a dedicated space now that is separated from all the other things going on in the house," he said, "if you can [do this], I strongly recommend it." Amusingly, only 29 per cent of those polled said that the biggest benefit to them was spending more time with their family; 44 per cent felt that eliminating their commute was a more worthy reason to work from home. The top five benefits, in reverse order, were: less distractions, increased productivity, avoiding traffic and saving fuel. Sixty per cent said that the improvement to their work-life balance was singularly the greatest reason to work from home.

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Elizabeth Smythe

19th December 2012