Friday, September 23, 2011

Shedworkers are more honest than other workers says new report

We all know how enjoyable, environmentally-friendly and efficient shedworking can be, but now a new study also suggests that shedworkers - indeed, homeworkers in general - have a more ethical approach to their work too. The survey into workspace environments by Ethisphere/Jones Lang LaSalle questioned more than 200 companies about their policies about working from home and the misconduct of their employees. Sixty-eight per cent of companies allowed their employees to work from home on a regular basis and of those, 89% reported having no "ethics violations" during the past two years among their homeworking employees. However, 36% of companies reported "visible ethics violations" among the workers who were in 'traditional' offices (and the rate for non-visible violations was even higher).

“In today’s rapidly changing business climate with its diverse workforce, constantly evolving technological innovations, and intense competition, corporations need to think strategically about the type of environment that best supports its employees and allows them to do their best work in a way that maintains the integrity and ethical culture of the organisation,” said Alex Brigham, Executive Director at Ethisphere Institute.

Maybe shedworkers have less opportunity to have their ethics tested, but we believe that shedworkers (and homeworkers in general) are just good, honest folk. There is a good roundup of reaction to the study at  Web Worker Daily which also provides lots of links to other comments on the subject.

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