Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Ad hoc homeworkers - yep, it's another survey

Lucy Ward at The Guardian has this story on another new survey on homeworking (with all too familiar, if nonetheless welcome results) by YouGov for Zurich insurance. She reports that "almost a third of full-time employees are now resisting the delights of the office to spend some time each month working at home" according to the figures. Zurich calls them "ad hoc home workers" and they clock up an average of 16 hours working at home each month. Ward goes on to say:
"The occasional homeworking trend is set to increase further, the poll of more than 1,000 adult full-time workers suggests, with a third of those already spending some working time at home predicting they will do so more often over the next 12 months. Even those who do not officially work at home are increasingly doing so in practice: one in five said they checked emails or read documents."
And why? The ususal suspects - beating the commute, peace and quiet away from colleagues, freedom to choose working hours. Some idiots also said they wanted a lie-in or to watch daytime television.

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