This latest report from UK think tank the IEA looks at the realities of homeworking.
In recent years there has been a trend towards greater incidence of homeworking. This has been driven by enhanced technological possibilities, but also by supply and demand factors as employers try to save on office costs and workers seek to reduce travelling time and have a different work-life balance. There is some evidence that homeworking can boost productivity, but not all workers are suited to home work and some may find the isolation problematic. Headline totals of full-time home workers are misleading. The bulk of those classified in this way are working from home rather than at home. Most are self-employed. Only a minority correspond to the popular image of workers in ‘home offices’ in front of a computer screen.Read Full Report