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Nowadays, thanks to advances in technology, more and more workers work from home. New analysis by the TUC suggests that in 2017, 1.6 million workers were regularly working from home. And there are around 4 million more UK workers who say they would like to work from home for at least some of their working week but are not given the chance.
Every year, Work Wise UK, a not-for-profit campaigning group set up to promote smarter working practices, organises National Work from Home Day, now in its thirteenth year. The charity also promotes Commute Smart Week, each year in November, to raise awareness of the need for smarter ways of commuting during the winter months.
The TUC strongly supports policies that embrace home working, which can lead to a better work-life balance, while saving time and money on costly commuting that benefits no one.
However, there are some important factors you need to bear in mind if you are thinking of asking to work from home, for some or all of your working week. In particular, if your organisation is new to home working, it would be a good idea to talk these through with your union rep if you have one.