10 Reasons to persuade your boss to let you work from home

1.Train strikes

In the UK, 269,000 man days were lost between January and October 2016 due to train strikes. What will the statistics be for 2017 and beyond?

2. Roadworks

33% of drivers are late for work because of roadworks. With an increased number of government road projects this will only get worse.

3. Hire top talent

Steal the best employees from your competitors and entice them with home working. They will jump at the chance and you won’t need to offer them an inflated wage.

4. No geographical limits

How many times have you missed out on the best employees because of where they live? Tools like GoToMeeting and Skype means that is no longer a problem. Relocation costs can be expensive and are disruptive to families.

5. Happy employees don’t quit

Nearly everyone who has the chance to work from home wouldn’t dream of giving it up. By allowing your employees this opportunity will increase loyalty.

6. Increased efficiency

Working from home is believed to be 13% more productive compared with their in-office counterparts.

7. Time wasted at work

43% of time wasted at work is spent socialising with colleagues.

8. Stress related illness

Long hours of commuting, especially if you’re driving, is associated with high blood pressure, Musculoskeletal disorders, increased anger and resentment at work, absenteeism, lateness, and an ability to concentrate and perform to the same standards as those who live in much closer proximity to the workplace. Long commutes can also increase the risk of heart attacks, flu, depression etc.
25.9 million days were lost to work-related illness in 2015/16.
Employees who are mildly sick can still get their work done and won’t be spreading their illness.

9. Family pressures

Long hours spent travelling to and from work can strain family life to the point of breaking with children’s bedtimes regularly missed and relationships breaking down.

10. Save money on office space

Employees working from home means less office space is needed. Stagger the days’ employees work from home if you need them in the office if full time telecommuting isn’t an option.

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