Homeworking - does it really work? Monty The Dog thinks so.
Your home office may or may not include an office dog (my business partner just loves working with Monty, I can tell by the amount of sneezing she does when he's around) but most people seem to benefit from working from home, both full time or flexibly.
As long as your staff are accessible to clients when you need them to be (typically at least 8-6pm), are meeting their deadlines and achieving their targets, what's the issue with it?
According to data from the Office of National Statistics, 50 percent of the UK’s workforce could be working remotely by 2020.
So if you're yet to embrace this flexible, efficient and productive method of working, you may be losing good staff to businesses who do.
At ComplexHR we've always seen it as win-win. No unnecessary overheads (which inevitably get passed on to the client), no daily commute (providing us with additional time to respond to the needs of our clients) and the ability to fit work requirements seamlessly around personal commitments.
Our clients wouldn't know we operate in this way but for the fact we're open about it and are extremely responsive and flexible.
We've been known to take emergency calls from clients way after most offices would be 'closed for business'. In fact, in our experience, businesses prefer to deal with HR matters outside of office hours to ensure confidentiality.
So, the working from home model clearly works for us and our clients however, have you had any negative experiences of working from home? We'd be interested to hear from you.