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Top Ten benefits of home working according to Ceridian

Improved productivity heads the list of the top ten benefits of home working according to a survey of companies by Ceridian, one of the largest providers of human resource services in the world.

Top 10 Top ten benefits of home working
1 Higher productivity, ability to work uninterrupted, especially on “project work”
2 Skill retention, greater commitment from staff, greater loyalty
3 Happier staff, higher morale, more motivation, good staff relations
4 Better work/life balance, “family friendly”, fit with domestic arrangements
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5 Contributes to ability to offer flexible working conditions, hours
6 Office space and other facilities go further
7 Continuity for our clients, better customer service
8 Reduced overheads
9 Creates a positive image for the company, dynamic, flexible
10 Lower stress for staff, greater well-being

Penny de Valk, strategy director at Ceridian in the UK, commented: “Our survey of 100 companies last year revealed that home working offered up more benefits than pitfalls. When discussing the advantages and disadvantages of home working we need to be aware that home working doesn’t work for all jobs and works best when people use home working for a part of their working week. 

"In offering home working, companies are not only providing staff with some much requested flexibility but it also ensures companies focus on measuring outputs not time served.  Some managers are still of the mindset that unless they can see their people at their desks then they can’t really be working.  Home working is a powerful retention tool, and when both employee and employer take responsibility for making it work, it can have a major impact on both productivity and employee engagement. As well, more and more companies and individuals are looking at home working as a means of managing their carbon footprint, supporting their corporate social responsibility initiatives.” 

For the purposes of the Ceridian survey, home-based working was defined as the practice of some employees spending at least part of their paid employment working at home on a regular basis in a role that would traditionally be expected to be office-based.  Staff requesting an occasional day working from home, or representatives working ‘in the field’, were excluded from the survey.

Download a free copy of the survey: "‘Business Practices and Attitudes Relating to Home Working – A Survey of Human Resource Professionals in UK Business on behalf of Ceridian’".

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