Increasing numbers of recession-hit Brits are choosing to work from home in order to save cash, a new report has found.
than half (55 percent) of employees are working from home more
frequently since the financial crisis began, according to research
commissioned by BT Business. The vast majority (88 percent) said
their main reason for doing so is the need to save money.
most widely cited financial saving associated with working from home is not having to
'look the part' for the office — cited by 83 per cent
of survey respondents. Almost a third of respondents think they can
save around £250 per year by not buying smart work clothes.
Cutting down on commuting by regularly working from home has the
potential to save even more cash, with almost half of respondents
claiming they can make savings of between £10 and £20 per day by not
travelling to their workplaces. Other significant savings associated
come from not having to buy lunch, lattes and expensive vending machine snacks.
Nearly two-thirds (60 percent) of
respondents believe they are generally financially better off because
they have the flexibility to work from home, the survey found.
fatter wallets are not the only benefit of flexible working: home
workers get the luxury of more time as they roll out of bed and
sit at their desks.
to research commissioned by networking company Avaya, Europeans spend
around a fortnight sitting in traffic or on a rush-hour train.
The poll of more than 3,500
employees in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK found the
average commute time is 70 minutes per day. The most common mode of transport is the car, used by 60
percent of respondents for getting to work.
The research also found the majority (66 percent) of workers are able
to work a proportion of each week flexibly and their work/life
balance is most likely to benefit as a result.
The largest proportion
(56 percent) said they spent time with their family with the time saved by not commuting. Time is also spent just 'relaxing' (45 percent); and 42 percent do tasks or attend
appointments they otherwise wouldn't have time for.
healthy quarter said they use the time for exercise and fifth do more work. Nineteen percent take on the school
Even so, the vast majority of European workers
have to do a traditional commute sometimes — just nine percent never
have to commute.
On 15 May, the not-for-profit
organisation Work Wise UK is sponsoring 'National Work From Home Day', part of its
Work Wise Week to raise awareness of the benefits of smarter working