She said: 'We have encompassed homeworking
and, as an employer, we are already seeing the benefits.
Employers who offer the option of homeworking
often say that it improves staff retention and productivity.
For the preliminary data collection, an interview session was carried out to explore the data on homeworking
in QS firms.
She said: "The sheer scale of homeworking
proves how easily it can be done, but there are still too many employers reluctant to allow staff to work away from the office or the shop floor.
The polices of local authorities vary, but generally, planning permission will not be needed if the primary purpose of the person's home is still residential and if the homeworking
does not cause disruption or nuisance, for example, it is not noisy and does not disturb neighbours.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is also a key board concern, and homeworking
is one way that organisations can make a contribution to the employment prospects of, for example, disabled people as well as provide work for other disadvantaged groups.
Mark Searles, Zurich's managing director, Retail, said: "We are going to see the popularity of homeworking
working arrangements--for example, introducing flexi-time, childcare facilities, time off for family responsibilities, more homeworking
The aim of OFT's Scams Awareness Month, which has run throughout February, is to arm consumers with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves from mass-marketed scams, and the sweep is understood to be focused on homeworking
While she acknowledges that studies have found negative outcomes of homeworking
by full-timers or the self-employed, her own study concludes that having a hybrid home-workplace arrangement was generally evaluated positively by both management and employees.
Kwik-Fit Financial Services offer a range of flexible working benefits including compressed hours, job share and homeworking
, as well as the ability to buy extra holidays and a generous maternity package.
, job sharing and other flexible working patterns are becoming the norm at the banking group.