KIRKLEES employers are being urged to back National Work From Home Day – and reap the benefits for their businesses.
The initiative from Work Wise UK, which is being backed by the CBI and the TUC, aims to show that allowing staff to work from home can lead to increased productivity and a happier workforce.
Office stationery supplier Office Boutique is also backing the special day, which takes place on May 20 – and has compiled a list of six reasons to convince sceptical bosses of the benefits.
It claims that home working can improve productivity. BT and Cisco both encourage year-round home working with BT saying it saves the company £2.2m a year and Cisco reporting a 69% rise in productivity.
Home working also benefits customers. Instead of the usual nine-to-five office hours, employees can contact customers at other times.
Home working does wonders for employers’ green credentials – saving energy on cars, trains and buses.
It also saves on office overheads. Office space and facilities will “stretch” further and enables employees to help save money in times of cuts.
With fewer distractions around the water cooler, important projects can be given full attention.
And home working shows the company in a positive light, helping with staff retention, morale and work/life balance.
A spokesman for Office Boutique said: “For employees, the exercise can be practical and enjoyable. They save on commuting costs and time, it helps with family arrangements and they can produce a higher quality of work.Š
“Employees do not generally need to be convinced, but by providing some positive bullet points more employers can be convinced.”