Over four million people in the UK work from home. But many companies still lack the organisational structure to manage remote workers effectively

Signal of change / Over four million people in the UK work from home. But many companies still lack the organisational structure to manage remote workers effectively

By Li Lin Loh / 08 Nov 2016

"Working from home, although convenient, also brings added expense for employees. Greater use of lighting and heating pushes utility bills up – something office-based colleagues do not have to consider. Remote workers may also feel that home working brings significant savings for companies, which should be shared with them.

Aside from additional financial support, remote workers craved professional support as well. Home workers had less communication with office staff, limited face-to-face interactions and, over time, found it harder to integrate with staff at the office. Reduced engagement, limited communication and a lack of opportunities for knowledge sharing stunted their professional progression.

The isolation faded company loyalties to the point where remote workers were almost free agents – a worrying prospect for any employer looking to retain top staff. Not only was it difficult to convince remote workers to come into the office, but the breakdown of relationships often caused employers to resent their remote employees, feeling that they were taking liberties and were not dedicated enough to the organisation."



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