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Conference calls from the fridge

A third of Britain’s growing army of home workers have admitted that they worked in their garden during last week’s heatwave. One in five confessed to staying in their pyjamas for the majority of the day, some only changing their top half when required to dial in for video-conferencing clients.

Working from home has become increasingly popular in the UK, with changes in the law on flexible working and the roll out of superfast broadband sending the numbers who spend most or all of their working week at home to 4.2 million, roughly one in seven of the working population.

Three out of four home workers are classified as highly or higher skilled workers by the Office for National statistics, and their earnings are considerably higher than those who traipse into the office every day. More than three quarters say they are far more productive at home than in the office. Critics of home working often overlook how much time is wasted chatting to colleagues at work.

However, there are drawbacks to working from home. The study of working habits conducted by an online freelance marketplace, PeoplePerHour, found that one in five snacked far more than during a day spent in the office.

The law on the right to request a flexible working arrangement has changed recently – are you up to date with your responsibilities as an employer. To find out more, CLICK HERE

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