working remotely

Efficient Driving – Reducing the Need to Travel

Working Remotely Thanks to email and the internet, remote working is a practical proposition for many employees and allows them to fulfil their work commitments without the need to either travel to the office or your clients’ offices. Whilst this method of business is not suitable for every individual or business scenario, practices such as working at home and video conferencing at least make remote working an alternative worthy of consideration. The benefits of working remotely Reduces the need to travel – either to work or a client meeting – which saves time, money and the environment. Even working from home once a fortnight reduces an employee’s commuting time by 10%. Improved quality of life for employees, because it is easier to combine work and family commitme... »

Remote Workers

Guide: Manage Remote Workers

BT Business has published a free guide to help employers manage remote workers so they work productively and feel part of the team. According to their research, 47% of employees feel they will miss out on office camaraderie, gossip and banter by working remotely, while 23% of employees are concerned that colleagues will accuse them of skiving if they work from home. The Remote Manager’s Toolkit includes guidance on how managers can overcome these issues, such as by building a trusting relationship with remote workers, helping a lone employee to overcome feelings of isolation, and making the transition into flexible working profitable. The author of the guide, Dr Frank Shaw of the Centre for Future Studies said: “Remote working is the future of work in the UK, enabling cost savi... »

Working From Home

Time-management Key for Homeworkers

Work Wise UK has urged employers with doubts over the productivity of homeworkers to train these staff to manage their time effectively. Research from Plantronics, a communication headset provider, revealed that a fifth of employers believe that homeworkers do less work than those based in the workplace. Work Wise UK chief executive Phil Flaxton said: “Homeworkers are as productive as those in the workplace, if they are re–trained to be able to manage their own time. Working remotely, your contribution to the business changes. When you go to the workplace you are judged on the input that you make while you’re there, but when you work remotely it’s about managing your workload independently.” “Employers are often reluctant to provide homeworking opportuni... »