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The adoption of teleworking, satellite working and home working can all make local businesses more flexible and more efficient. But how easy is it to implement smarter working practices? And what are the specific benefits to you, to your employees and to the community?
Smarter working practices can be a cornerstone of your staff health and wellbeing strategy. In particular they can help staff managing their work and lifestyle balance.
Reducing their need to commute can help drive down workplace stress – particularly for your furthest-travelling employees. And if you incorporate teleconferencing into your business strategy too, it will reduce travel costs for individuals and the organisation
It may seem counter-intuitive but encouraging people to work from home can actually promote closer working relationships. Rather than the chore of travelling into work every day, employees may find it a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience to travel in to work a few days each week.
Some specific initiatives to reduce the need to travel could include:
Home working, either permanently or on selected days, all thanks to broadband. Benefits include:
For staff living a long way from their normal work site, who don’t have a suitable work environment at home, a satellite office may be a better option. If your organisation doesn’t have its own alternative office premises, you could consider renting desks in a serviced office / business centre.
You could consider introducing a system of flexible working, allowing staff to structure their work time within an agreed framework. This can include:
A compressed working week is a form of flexible working which allows staff to take one day per fortnight or one day per week off, provided they work the required hours in advance. An extended working day also means that your staff are available to your organisation’s customers for longer.
|On average, employees attend 91 face-to-face meetings a year.|
|Over their working lives typical British workers will create 42 tonnes of carbon dioxide from business travel.|
|BT estimates that teleconferencing eliminates 850,000 face to face meetings a year across the organisation.|
|13,000 of BT’s 70,000 staff regularly work from home.|
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