Why Samsung is supporting Work from home week

More than a quarter of Samsung UK employees would prefer flexible working than a pay rise.

As a result, the technology firm is one of those businesses backing the 12th annual Work from home week - which started on January 19.

Samsung said: "We believe it's vital for people to be given the option and the tools to work flexibly, which is why we view Work from Home Week as an important and worthwhile initiative.

After undertaking their own research  a study reaveals over a quarter of workers would opt for flexible working over a pay rise, and more than four in 10 (42%) employees strongly agree with the idea of being able to access work emails and apps outside of official working hours. Despite this, many businesses still don't trust their employees to do so, highlighting the need to educate enterprises on the benefits of working from home.

The option to work more flexibly can have a huge impact on productivity and wellbeing and with advancements in mobile technology, it is now possible for employees to work beyond the confines of the office, making working from home a choice that should be open to all rather than a select few.

The Work from home week project aims to raise awareness to employers and employees and help them consider the benefits of working from home.

It is particularly targeting the improved work-life balance and lack of time and money used in commuting.

Figures from the organisers claim that with around 14% of the British workforce working from home it is a viable option for organisations.

The topic has also received a higher profile following the introduction of the government's right to request flexible working.

Posted: Tue 03 Feb 2015
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