Anywhere Working Week
The TUC is a supporter of the Anywhere Working campaign, which brings together organisations like Business in the Community, WWF-UK and Mumsnet with big companies like Microsoft, Regus and Vodafone to promote a new ways of flexible working. We are currently holding Anywhere Working Week to help promote flexibility:
It is certainly true that developments in technology mean that many of us could work from home, or in a business drop-in centre or some other location rather than trekking into the office. Developments in technology have also made video conferences and other forms of virtual meeting a lot easier and more effective.
Research commissioned by Microsoft* suggets that more firms are offering flexible working, but they are not rolling it out very effectively. In addition, it identifies some tensions between staff who can work flexibly and those who are unable to do so.
There really should be a win-win-win outcome achievable here:
- about one in five employees wants to work from home or to work more flexibly (Source: third Work Life Balance survey)
- Employers often report higher productivity and retention for homeworkers and flexible workers. They may also save on office space.
- We all benefit if we can reduce travel congestion and emissions.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber says “If managed properly, more flexible working can generate huge dividends – for the organisation, and individual employees and their families. Of course not every job can be done from a variety of different locations, but there is still a great potential for change. The onus must be on employers to make remote working, home working and other forms of flexibility available to as many staff as possible, taking care to explain what it might mean for individual jobs. Then new ways of working are more likely to be accepted, and employees will be able to spend more time working, and less time commuting and travelling to unnecessary business meetings on the UK’s overcrowded roads and public transport network.”
*”Attitudes towards flexible working” A study by Microsoft/ Vanson Bourne
Anywhere Working Website: http://www.anywhereworking.org/
Anywhere Working Week: http://www.anywhereworking.org/tag/anywhere-working-week/