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Why employees are not willing to work from home

Why employees are not willing to work from home

What Bosses Really Think About Returning to the Office

A new survey of more than 2,000 business owners shows that the majority are not planning to work from home, are not making the leap to digital, and even when they start at home they are not sure how they will do it.

The reason employees are leaving the office and working on home computers is simple – they want to work from home. According to Deloitte Consulting’s first ever global study of the business impact of working remotely, more than half of UK-based employees, and nearly a third of employees in the US, say they are likely to work from home at some point during their career.

“The fact that many of today’s employees want to work from home is a good thing for employers,” says Richard Barrington, chief executive of Deloitte Consulting. “Their ability to provide a wide array of business and personal services from home is an asset. It offers both business advantages and personal benefits to the employer, such as the ability to have flexible staffing.”

“It’s not just employees who are working remotely”, adds Barrington: “Business owners are increasingly working from home or in other flexible situations such as working from their spare bedroom or even their children’s bedrooms.”

While the demand for remote working is growing, employers have less and less idea about how they should do it. In many cases, it is an open question whether employees are willing to work in a remote manner or how they should do it most effectively.

According to Deloitte Consulting’s global survey (which was carried out in collaboration with the Workplace Research Institute, a global consortium of academics and businesses), more than half of UK-based employees, and over a quarter of employees in the US, say they are likely to work from home at one point during their career.

However, the biggest challenge that the survey found was not necessarily to finding out if workers are willing to work in a remote manner. The difficulty for many business owners is making the transition from traditional working patterns.

“UK-based employees are less likely to work from home than in the US because of the time difference in the UK. In the UK, it remains the case that a majority

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