'Working from home benefits your health'
10 Jan 2017
Updated: 11 Nov 2023
People who work from home are more likely to be happier and healthier, according to experts.
The latest available figures say that the amount of people working from home is at an all-time high.
Stats from the Trade Union Council say more than four million people - about one in seven of the UK workforce - work remotely from home.
The report says 62.8 per cent are men but the number of women working from home is increasing at a rapid rate.
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And the benefits of working from home can be significant, according to the experts, for both full-time and part-time jobs.
Cutting out the commute
In a guest blog for Workwise, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady wrote: “The benefits of giving employees what they want in this area should make everyone happier.
“There are obvious personnel and productivity gains for employers, while workers gain time and save money.
"More women and disabled people will be more easily able to work."
“More homeworking also means less transport congestion and reduced emissions.
“It’s a smart option."
Advantages for employers
Jason Downes, editor in chief at conference call specialists www.powwownow.co.uk said home working can also benefit employers.
He said: “Businesses in every industry must ensure their flexible working policy complies with government legislation.
Flexible working has to benefit you as an employer as much as your employees.
“Factors likely to affect an organisation’s flexible working policy include the size of the business, the product or service offered, and the range of employee roles.
“Flexible working has to benefit you as an employer as much as your employees.
"It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that such arrangements only offer advantages to the staff members using them, but there are plenty of positives for employers too.
“The benefits of flexible working hours we find, are a very relaxed atmosphere in the office, a social group with lots of activities before, during and after work, and a stress-free workforce.
“Our staff can manage their own time, and fulfil out-of-work duties such as doctor’s and dentist’s appointments in the morning, before they come to work”.
Michael Scanlan, senior account manager PR and marketing agency SkyParlour said: “Working from home is absolutely perfect for me.
“From a professional viewpoint it allows me the freedom and autonomy to work creatively and efficiently for my business and clients.
I am close to my six-year old son’s school and the fact that I can drop him off and pick him up every day is really important to me as a parent.
“Using Skype, conference calling and other digital communication methods allows me to be in constant contact with colleagues and clients and regular visits to my office, 200 miles away from my Glasgow home in Manchester, means I still feel like a full part of the team.
“From a personal point of view, it means I am close to my six-year old son’s school and the fact that I can drop him off and pick him up every day is really important to me as a parent.
“As for ever feeling lonely, my two-year-old Labrador provides all the company a person could need.”
Getting your house in order
The growing trend of working from home has had an impact on the property market, too.
Robby Du Toit, managing director of Sellhousefast.uk has noticed a substantial shift in homeworkers which is adding value to a property.
“Due to the nature of a competitive job and housing market, many families are thinking twice as to where they will live and its proximity to an office and whether there will be a healthy take-home salary after travel and other outgoing costs such as childcare.
“When we buy any house from homebuyers in the UK, we have noticed that no matter the reason for selling their home, more and more houses are equipped with an office and workspace, not only to facilitate their career but to add value.
“Many homeowners are choosing to build an office outside, keeping their work and personal life separate.
“You also don’t need planning permission, if it is not plumbed and in an area of conservation, making it more appealing for men and women to work from home.
“Not to mention the quality of life outside of an office is notoriously better.”
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