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Tube strike encouraged working from home

This week's strike by London Underground has resulted in more people considering their flexible working arrangements.

With a number of lines closed and service dramatically reduced on the remaining open lines commuters in central London were forced to consider their alternatives.

Working from home proved to be a popular option for many, with employers that previously hadn't considered it as an option forced to give it a try. In many cases, it proved fruitful, with productivity and working hours actually increasing when people didn't have to spend time travelling. In fact, figures from The Huffington Post suggested that the average worker will save an average of 77 minutes a day by not facing the commute.

In addition to allowing people to work from home, businesses also implemented flexible working hours, allowing people to miss the rush hour crush on the reduced service tubes.

The benefits of such systems have been seen across the world, with surveys from Ipsos MORI, Regus and others previously demonstrating increases in engagement and productivity when flexible working practices are employed.

Unions are planning a further strike next week from February 11th to the 14th.

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