I was reading an article recently around remote working, and discovered that there is a ‘National Work from Home Day’ here in the UK – on Friday 19th May 2017. Now there are, to be fair, a few ‘national days’ of questionable origin which require an interest in pretty obscure activities, but this one I can get onboard with.
According to the article I mentioned, an analysis of official figures by the TUC to mark National Work From Home Day talks about the sharp rise in people working from home – particularly in the decade from 2005 – 2015. So I did some digging!
The Office National Statistics website is full of facts… interesting facts – about work in the UK. For example – between September and November 2016 1,915,000 people were ‘officially’ classed as home workers in the UK (source). This classification of homeworker differs a little from industry definitions of home working.
92.9% of UK citizens are still travelling to work regularly. Consider for a moment just how much congestion that is causing on the roads and how overloaded our Public Transport system is. That is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Emissions, air quality, cost of running a vehicle, wear and tear on the roads, all taking their toll (pun intended !)…
Looking at my new favourite website (geek!) The Office of National Statistics publishes research around how we travel to work. In 2015 a huge 69% of the total workforce commutes were by car, van, works van or minibus.. then another 1% for scooters. That is a LOT of fuel, tax, servicing and environmental impact.
And the human element – well – let’s take a look at that!
How many people would work more effectively with an extra’s hour of sleep each day – just imagine just an extra half hour of not commuting each day – and how you could shuffle activities around to reach the utopia of that, all too elusive, 8 hours sleep a night! Stress levels could fall, although sales of treatments to combat bags under eyes may suffer…
The TUC website (another new found source of fascinating information!) says that in 2014, people that normally work from home hit the 4,000,000 mark. This article goes on to talk about the benefits of home working to disabled, with this number being 650,000 at that time. Interestingly though, it anticipates the tailing off of home working as it has barely kept up with the rise in employment.
My plan for 19th May this year is to support ‘National Work from Home Day’ in true remote worker style.. In my home office, seamlessly delivering productivity to all internal and external customers exactly as I would if I had been in the office – but wearing slippers and having had that extra hour’s sleep.
Where will you be working?
*work from home classification:
(In your main job) do you work mainly…
1 in your own home,
2 in the same grounds or buildings as your home,
3 in different places using home as a base,
4 or somewhere quite separate from home?