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Working from home can boost businesses' output

Businesses in the UK could boost productivity and ultimately their own output by allowing employees to work from home.

This is the view of CV-Library, which states that more ought to be done to allow and encourage workers to do their jobs from their homes. At present, just 6.9 million of the UK's 38 million workers work from home, and this is despite the rise in flexible and remote working tools.

However, if they were allowed to work from home, both the employee and the employer could stand to benefit; according to a survey by CV-Library, 84.3 per cent of home workers believe they are either as productive or more productive than their office-based colleagues. Furthermore, more than three quarters (77.4 per cent) of all workers believe that working from home has a positive impact on productivity within the business.

For the employees, working from home also presents them with the opportunity to avoid the stresses and strains of commuting to an office. Indeed, nearly 90 per cent of home workers said they find it easier to find a good work-life balance even though 65.8 per cent said they actually work longer hours when at home.

Lee Biggins, CV-Library's founder and managing director, commented on the findings: “Despite the increasing number of hours that British staff are working, productivity rates remain low in the UK, indicating that our approach to business and the working day needs to shift.

"Whilst home-working isn't suitable for all businesses, it can provide clear benefits to companies and employees alike. As long as employers manage their employees effectively and monitor productivity levels, it should be easy to determine which environment works best for staff, and ultimately, the company’s output.”

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