Working from home is on the rise in the UK, with around 40% of employees working remotely at least once a week, according to research by jobs site Monster. The survey of 5,500 employees found that one in 10 works from home full-time and 26% of UK workers say they would not accept a job offer if it did not allow them the option of remote working.
Respondents were asked to list what they felt the most important benefits of working from home were. 9% say they save money from the daily commute, and a further 30% state that it saves them time having to commute into work each day. 22% say it gives them a better work-life balance, 14% feel more productive and 11% say that it reduces stress.
Despite the benefits, nearly half (47%) of employees claim their workplace does not have an official policy on working from home.
Louise Goodman, Marketing Director at Monster.co.uk, comments,
“Working from home is a growing trend in the UK – however some businesses have been slow to adapt. For anyone who thinks they would work well outside of the office environment, and would like to save a little time on the side, you are well within your rights to ask your employer for the opportunity to work from home. At Monster, we ran a few ‘what if’ scenarios looking into the other positive impacts that increased working from home could bring. It turns out beyond potentially improving work life balance, we could see less crowded trains, substantial savings and significantly reduced CO2 emissions. All very good reasons to consider a switch.”