From the TUC

National Work from Home Day

18 May 2012, by Guest in Working Life

Part of Work Wise UK Week 2012Today is National Work from Home Day, where staff and employers are encouraged to try working from home to experience the positive impact upon staff wellbeing, efficiency and productivity, together with the added benefits of reducing the numbers of commuters on the roads and rail.

It’s especially pertinent this year with the Olympics and Paralympics just around the corner: working from home is one of the suggestions for working around the Games over the summer. Many organisations, especially those located near the venues, already realise the benefits and have in place plans to enable staff to work smarter during the summer, and allow their business to continue uninterrupted.

This could involve letting staff be more flexible about where and when they work, letting them work from different locations as well as from home, to travel at different times of the day, and not to have to travel into a central office location during the Games. Work should get done more efficiently as a result, and without having to endure the stress of travelling in the crowds.

The Olympic Games will be the world’s largest sporting event. With visitors buying nine million tickets, in addition to athletes, country entourages, media, vendors and organisers, there will be a significant impact upon the transport infrastructure. Transport for London (TfL) is expecting 3.3 million additional journeys on the games’ biggest days, which will require a commensurate 30% decrease in commuter numbers in order to keep the system from experiencing severe disruption. They suggest that this is the minimum reduction in users needed to keep London moving during the Olympic Games, and are looking to city businesses to play a part in the solution by asking them to examine alternatives to their staff travelling into the city, keeping as many of the city’s commuters off London transport as possible.

Even without the Olympics, technological advances have enabled working practices to change. New business management approaches allow a more flexible workforce which is helping reduce cost bases. More importantly, flexible approaches to work allow organisations to adapt more easily not only to logistical disruption but also to economic cycles, enabling them to better manage their way through difficult times,  reducing the need for redundancy and downsizing.

Now in its seventh year, National Work from Home Day is part of Work Wise Week, which promotes modern “smarter” working practices such as flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home. It is organised by Work Wise UK, a national not-for-profit initiative, whose strategic partners include the TUC, CBI. British Chambers of Commerce and the RAC Foundation.
GUEST POST: Philip Flaxton is Chief Executive of Work Wise UK. With extensive experience in the publishing and IT industries, Philip also holds a number of non-executive directorships, including the boards of the Small Business Bureau and the digital signatures authentication body, t-Scheme. He also represents Work Wise UK on a number of strategy groups advising on the implementation of smarter working practices.

One Response to National Work from Home Day

  1. The Working House
    May 23rd 2012, 2:51 pm

    One thing I loved about working at home is that I don’t need to stress myself with everyday traffic.