Homeworking vs other forms of working: which workers are happiest?

A workingmums.co.uk survey throws up interesting results when comparisons are done between those who work at least some of the week from home and others.

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People who work from home at least some of the week are much more likely to feel happy with the amount of flexible working they have and less likely to have had to take time off for mental health issues, according to a workingmums.co.uk survey.

The survey of over 3,000 parents found that 79% of people who worked some of the week at home felt they had enough flexible working, compared to 53% who didn’t work at home, including those working term time only, compressed hours, part time and full time with flexi hours.

While 31% of the latter had taken time out due to mental health issues – most commonly a mix of home and work issues – only 26% of those working fully or partly from home had done.

The survey showed homeworkers and others felt similar barriers to career progression;

  • 39% of people who worked from home some all or some of the week felt they had progressed their careers since having children, compared to 37% of those who were not able to work from home.
  • However, 87 per cent of the latter felt somewhat or very stuck in their careers, compared to 82% of those who worked at least part of the week from home.

There was agreement, nevertheless, on what would most help their career progression – 54% of homeworkers said more senior roles that could be done flexibly compared with 55% of those who did not work from home.

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Interestingly, those who did work from home were significantly more likely to research flexible working before interview [39% compared to 33%], ask for it at interview [44% compared to 26%] and say they would not have taken their job without flexible working [51% compared to 26%].

Moreover, those who worked from home were more open to other ways of working. Sixty eight per cent were interested in retraining [compared to 62% of those who did not work from home] and 60% had considered starting their own business, compared to 56% of other workers.

London and the South East were the regions with proportionately the most people who worked from home at least some of the week. People from Wales and the North East were least likely to work from home.

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