Over 80 Percent Of Staff To Work From Home Over Christmas

2010-12-24 08:43:31

Published on 2010-12-24 08:43:31

UK office workers will need to stock up on printer ink and make sure their printer is fully functioning for Christmas - as a new survey reveals more than 80 per cent of staff will work from home during the festive period.

Broadband firm Demon's survey of over 550 of its customers reveals that more than eight out of ten UK office workers expect to work from at some point over the break. And more than one in six expect to check their emails on Christmas Day, the survey, reported in the Scotsman, shows.

Demon said the report's figures show a 15 per cent increase on last year. Matt Cantwell, head of Demon, told the newspaper: "As a nation we're no longer restricted by set working hours and are often the most productive when working whenever and wherever suits us best.

"It's also clear that we're increasingly dependent on technology to support our preference for flexible working. With winter illness and snow chaos, remote working is no longer a 'nice to have', but a necessity."

He added that advanced technology, like smartphones and high-speed internet, were allowing people to be more flexible regarding their working arrangements.

According to the Office for National Statistics, 3.1 million people are regular home-based workers.

Posted by Barry Ashmore.

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