In this episode Russell and Mike discuss the issue of the moment for many people – working from home! Between them your hosts already have 30 years of experience of working from home themselves and managing a home based/remote workforce.
We discuss the implications for saving money, premises, flexibility and carbon reduction. However there is a balance to be struck and so the downsides of increased costs, work-life balance and mental health are also discussed.
Take away actions
- People working from home – establish a space to work, set time to turn off
- Small Business Owners – schedule and take holidays, have a tech-free break
- Bigger businesses – look after your people better – spend that saved money on establishing methods of managing a dispersed workforce
01:45 – The upside of home based working
05:45 – The downside of working at home
10:15 – Striking a balance
14:57 – Ways to improve home working
- On average, homeworkers could save £44.78 a week whilst working from home
- 22% of teleworkers say that “switching off” after work is their biggest challenge
- Around 8.7 million people stated that they worked from home at the start of 2019
- The number people working from home nearly doubled between 2008 and 2018
- Nearly 31% of workers say that they struggle with loneliness when working remotely
- Half of those working from home during lockdown are unhappy with work-life balance
- Daily global fossil CO2 emissions fell by 17% in early April 2020 compared with the same period in 2019
Send us your home working tips to @greenelepod on social
Special thanks as always to Harriet Teagle for her Green Elephant artwork.