While there are certainly benefits, there are also a number of pitfalls to remote working.
And how companies can let dogs in without scaring off any humans.
Digital communications technology means many high-skill workers don’t need to be in the office to do their jobs.
E-changers are the latest group to move from the big cities to escape high living costs and congestion. But because they remain very productive remote workers some employers are embracing the trend.
If more of us were free to work from home, fewer of us would be stuck in traffic.
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Two-thirds of surveyed workers work from home one day a week on average, but could do at least half their work out of the workplace. If they commuted less often, congestion could be greatly reduced.
Flexible working is seen as a solution to the gender pay gap but cultural norms are getting in the way.
Flexible working for family reasons should be celebrated.
Removing the stigma around flexible working can also remove some of the unconscious biases that work against mothers.
A more productive moment.
Managing our time means managing ourselves.
Part-time roles become difficult if that employee is the only source of knowledge, contact or sign-off.
Businesses are not considering that roles need to be redesigned to be part-time and this causes problems in managing employees' workloads and interacting with other employees.
Remote workers struggle to be included in workplace decision making.
Rather than having a fear of being monitored, remote workers want the option of being visible.
The restaurant chain may well be trying to head off union pressure and sidestep collective action ... but a win is a win.
Life is a lot different for the flexible working creative class and the call centre worker on a zero-hours contract.
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Uber's introduction of driverless cars is a big change for the company but the changes it has brought to the world of work are here to stay.
The paradox of autonomy?
Flexible work is on the rise but research shows it often leads to people working longer hours than they would otherwise.
It’s not easy for those who are already working to study towards a degree.
Flexible learning and teaching can help those who want to study while working. It requires structural changes and attitude shifts within universities and companies whose employees want to study.
Bedding in. Have we set a dangerous new precedent for work/life balance?
When workers are living their lives online, it's hard to see the joins between home and office. So how can employers answer the growing desire to seprate the seemingly inseparable?
Guilty of having a ‘Victorian’ work culture?
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The advantages of flexible working remains in the balance for many couples.
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Most multinationals still struggle with gender equality.
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Flexible work practices: for employees or employers?
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