1 in 5 workers 'prevented from working remotely'

Employers are being reminded that allowing staff to work from home can have many benefits.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) said that as well as boosting employee retention, remote working also improves productivity and company reputation.

Research carried out by the group showed that almost one in five workers want to work from home but are prevented from doing so by their employer.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber acknowledged that in some posts, staff need to be in the workplace at all times in order to carry out their jobs.

However, many other tasks can be performed remotely, particularly among those with office positions.

"Too many workers are wasting their time making journeys they don't need to, clogging our transport networks during the rush hour and adding to their carbon footprint unnecessarily, while companies are losing out on the cost and productivity benefits of home working," he remarked.

"Surely we can be a lot smarter than that."

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: September 28, 2010

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