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National Work From Home Day

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The fourth National Work From Home Day is tomorrow, 15 May as part of Work Wise Week. The aim of the day is to encourage people to work from home for the day rather than commuting into their usual place of work as part of a wider initiative to encourage people to adopt smarter working practices.

Technological advances and the shift in the nature of work to the knowledge economy means that homeworking opportunities are opening up to a wider number of people – and this blogger is a committed and long-term (six years plus) homeworker. Working from home on a permanent basis is not for everyone: you have to be disciplined at both ends of the working day; you do need to have careful regard to the ergonomic aspects of working from home – you should be in a properly equipped office, not on the settee with a laptop, and you should pay attention to the need for regular breaks from your desk; and you do need to maintain regular contact with office colleagues.

But, for those whose jobs can be done from home and for those who make suitable homeworkers, it does save the pain and the expense, and the environmental costs, of the daily commute: and you can usually get a bit more done, too.

So, in commemoration of National Work From Home Day, why not think about giving it a go?

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Written by Calvin

14/05/2009 at 1:20 pm

Posted in Resourcing

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