Some interesting new research from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Iowa shows that about a third of telecommuters or homeworkers add 5 to 7 hours to their work week compared to those who work only in the office.
In fact, the research finds that most homeworking hours come after an employee has worked a standard full day in the office and many will use the technology to work even when sick or on holiday.
This type of research does dispel the myth that homeworking is only used to catch up with the housework and day time TV. We are seeing massive changes in the ways people want to work as employees reject the ideas of normal 9 to 5 working hours. Companies that embrace the technology to allow their employees to work more flexibly are being repaid by seeing an increase in working hours and productivity. Additionally their employees are happier and more motivated in their work.
Further research from Polycom reveals that 60% of UK businesses are still not offering flexible working arrangements. Polycom conducted a survey of 1,000 office workers in the UK, in order to understand more about the evolution in working practices. The study revealed interesting data about office workers’ relationship with technology and how this affects their expectations of flexibility in the work environment.
The research discovered that over the last decade, the number of home workers has doubled from 21% to 40%, and the number of employers offering flexible working arrangements for parents has increased from 28% to 44%. Despite these positive changes, a quarter of UK office workers would prefer their working hours to better fit around their lifestyle – either to better align with their partners and children or to avoid commuting.
The survey also revealed that nearly one in five office workers would move away from urban areas if they could work flexibly, suggesting that UK employers could recruit from a greater pool of candidates if more employees were offered the chance to work remotely.