THERE'S no workplace like home for Alan Hind.
Battling with commuter traffic and dashing to collect the kids from school are no longer problems for the Barclays Bank manager, who lives at Salendine Nook.
For Mr Hind, 42, is among a growing number of workers who now spend more time working from home than they do in the office.
The trend towards home working has been underlined by Work/ Life Balance Week, which runs until Friday.
The event, organised by the internet-based pressure group the Work Life Balance Centre, aims to encourage firms to consider the impact of work on employees' home and family life.
Home working conjures up images of low-paid jobs stuffing envelopes or assembling components.
But modern technology such as the mobile phone, laptops, emails and ISDN lines mean more managerial jobs can be done largely away from the office - with workers using spare bedrooms or the kitchen table as their base.
Mr Hind has the support of staff at the bank's branch at Market Place, Huddersfield, in his role as relationship manager dealing with the banking needs of about 80 medium- sized firms in Huddersfield.
But Mr Hind more usually works from a spare bedroom at home.
"About 70% of the time I'm out visiting clients at their own premises and the rest of the time is divided between being in the office and working from home," said Mr Hind.
"The great thing about working from home is the flexibility.
"I can be up at 7am and have half a day's work done by 9am because I am not wasting time commuting or getting sidetracked.
"I can collect the kids from school - or take the washing in if it starts raining!
"Working from home, I find that I get more done - and that benefits me, the bank and my customers."
The arrangement works just fine as far as Mr Hind's wife, Dawn, and their sons David, 15, and Andrew, 12, are concerned.
He said: "The boys know that if I have my suit and tie on at home, then I'm working. They've adjusted to it very well."
Mrs Hind works part-time for a data processing company in Bradford.
"My working from home means - during the school holidays - that there's still an adult around when the boys are at home," said Mr Hind.
He said he managed to resist temptations such as daytime TV.
"You have to have a certain amount of self-discipline, so I make the division between `home' and `work' quite clear," he said.
"You also need the discipline to say on a Friday evening, `right, that's work over, now for the weekend'.
"But it means I can take the children to their after-school activities and make up work time somewhere else."
It also enables Mr Hind to visit the fitness centre at the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield and pursue his interest in cycling.
One thing he certainly doesn't miss is the daily grind of commuting.
"I used to work in Bradford and I have had 15 years of the M62," he said. "It just gets worse and worse."
Mr Hind, who was born in Huddersfield and grew up in Cowcliffe and Fixby, joined Barclays in 1980 after leaving Huddersfield New College, Salendine Nook.
He is convinced about the benefits of working from home, saying: "It is the way for the future."