BOSSES in Huddersfield have been urged to find ways to help more of their employees work from home.
A survey by the TUC shows that the number of people of working age in Yorkshire who work from the comfort of their own home instead of commuting to the office has risen by 25% in the past 10 years.
Almost 250,000 people – some 10.5% of the region’s working population – are now based at home or usually work from home.
Nationally, almost 3.5m people work from home – representing 12.2% or one in eight of the working population.
The highest proportion of home workers is in the south-west with 15.7% of the working population operating from home, followed by Eastern England with 1.4.4%. The lowest figure is in the north-east at 9.3% followed by Scotland on 9.4%.
The survey comes in the run-up to National Work From Home Day today when some 5m people are expected to work from their kitchen tables or home offices.
Phil Flaxton, chief executive of not-for-profit organisation Work Wise UK, said: “The benefits of working from home, even occasionally, are now widely accepted. Not only does it reduce the amount of commuting people have to do – enhancing their work-life balance – but many are actually more productive.”
Work Wise promotes home working, flexible working and mobile working in partnership with the TUC, employers’ body the CBI, British Chambers of Commerce and other organisations.
Said Mr Flaxton: “Although many organisations practice the age-old philosophy of ‘presenteeism’ they should open their eyes to the new work ethic spreading across the UK and try out home working. They may well be surprised.”