SMEs not convinced about homeworking, says survey

Just 14% of small businesses offer their employees the opportunity to work flexible hours – or from home – because they say they can’t afford to, according to new research from Virgin Media Business.

Just 14% of small businesses offer their employees the opportunity to work flexible hours – or from home – because they say they can’t afford to, according to new research from Virgin Media Business.

The survey of 5,000 small firms (i.e. 250 employees or fewer) polled by Virgin Media Business, found almost a third said buying and installing all the technology necessary to allow staff to work from home would be too expensive. Some 11% said it would be too complicated to implement in terms of HR.
 
But the biggest problem cited by 43% of firms is about having a ‘distributed team’. They fear having people working indifferent locations will damage morale and impact on teamwork and efficiency.  

However, 42% of those surveyed said employees’ work  life balance improved with flexible working and that it helped retention and cut recruitment costs. Some businesses also said that they liked having staff available out of hours.





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