Reasons for mobile working keep stacking up

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Reasons for mobile working keep stacking up

A few years ago those selling mobility solutions could be found clinging on to events like the Buncefield gas explosion and the Cockermouth floods as evidence for the need to have a friendly remote working policy.

But with ash clouds, tube strikes and freak weather all featuring already this year the case for mobile working is a much easier one to make.

Add to the reality that there are times people just can't get into the office the fact that the security worries that remote access sparked have largely been conquered then the reasons for making staff go through the commute are getting harder to justify.

So it came as little surprise to see research from GrIDsure that indicated that just shy of half of employees had planned to work from home at some point over this summer.

What was also of interest was the high number, 68% of business professionals who considered the ability to work remotely as a strong factor for enjoying or choosing their job.

One of the biggest opportunities in the channel is to catch the wave of mobility as it starts to spread through more firms. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to keep people coming in to work in a Victorian style clocking in and then clocking out.

It is not just employees who are clearly looking to enjoy more home working but for companies themselves there are advantages to be had by encouraging remote access.

One is clearly the chance to reduce office space and encourage hot desking which should enable space to be cut and the cost of building rent to be reduced.

But there is also evidence mounting up that those that do work from home tend to work longer and therefore produce more for their employer.

With resources in most offices stretched the idea of getting that little bit extra out of people, who perhaps log on an hour earlier and log off later because they are not commuting, starts to become something fairly compelling.

This was first published in September 2010

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