According to the Office for National Statistics, of the 30.2 million people in work, 4.2 million are home workers, giving a remote working rate of 13.9%.
This is made possible due to a number of reasons, from faster Wi-Fi to more relaxed employee contracts. However, the availability of Hosted Desktops could very well be the biggest factor driving this positive change.
GoCloud's many partners are helping to spread the power of remote working across the UK by clearly communicating its benefits, which are wide-ranging and invaluable:
Think about it. You get to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, sit (or slouch) in a way that makes you feel creative, and play obnoxious music you love. Put it bluntly, working from home equals the dream working environment, so it’s not surprising homeworkers rank their productivity as 7.7/10, compared with 6.5/10 for office workers,according to a Canada Life survey.
Data packages used to be so small you’d wander for hours looking for a decent Wi-Fi connection. Search no more ‒ BT has more than five million free Wi-Fi spots around the country so you never need to panic again. Remote workers can breathe easy.
Now, you can make free international calls using tools such as Skype, or the International Freedom add-on which, for just £7.80 a month, lets you call 36 countries tariff-free with BT.
We all say we like the people we work with but secretly we’d love to work with our friends. Remote work means you can do that, whether you’ve got a video link with your bestie in the corner of your screen sharing the plight of meeting a deadline, or you sign up to a remote working space together and brainstorm with coffee.
Millennials know just how capable smartphones, tablets and laptops can be. They do most of their banking online, chat to friends using smartphones and buy gig tickets and flights using apps. It makes sense that they’ll thrive on remote working too, and happy workers are productive workers.
Sitting under bright lights in an office all day is the number one way to ramp up stress levels. Studies found lower stress levels among remote workers, which means a reduction in the chance of heart attacks and strokes. Thanks to the superfast broadband BT is rolling out across the UK, getting online at home will be stress free.