Life as a home worker is a double-edged sword. Anyone who is self employed and tells you that every single aspect of their life as a freelancer is fantastic, is a liar. Sorry, but it’s true. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons.Read More
It’s been noted that Britain has a bit of a problem when it comes to productivity, the Office for National Statistics estimated we’re 30% less productive than countries such France, Germany, and the US. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to explore ways to improve this.
If you want to be an effective force in 2016, I have everything from organizational tips to useful apps to help you out. Start January with high levels of productivity and you’ll set a great example for yourself for the months to come.Read More
We have gathered some valuable insights from the environmental experts on reducing air pollution in the UK.
The UK has been struggling with the air pollution problem over the past years. Despite the important regulatory efforts, the problem remains unsolved and it continuously threatens both the public health and the environment.Read More
And today is World Paper Free Day. The Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) is behind this movement. They, like O2, have vowed to reduce the amount of paper they use to be more efficient, collaborative and sustainable.Read More
As autumn starts to bite we may start to feel a bit sorry for ourselves. Many of us are already travelling home from work in the dark, and as the year wears on we will lose the light in the morning as well.
The average two-way home-work journey is 55 minutes per day for UK employees (Source: ONS Labour Force Survey), that’s enough to make most of us grateful by the time that Friday comes around.Read More
Here we are again, after a decade of promoting Smarter Working practices and helping hundreds if not thousands of organisations small and large to introduce modern working practices, we still find that many organisations are not embracing all that technology can offer and still require people to be present at their desks, even during Commute Smart Week!Read More
At O2, we are always exploring smarter and more flexible and sustainable ways of working. We are continuing to focus on delivering the benefits of digital tools for our employees and our business. We are just rolling out phase two of our paperless initiative and this time it’s going to be bigger and better!Read More
We’ve all had ‘one of those weeks’. By a nasty stroke of luck, you’ve got projects overlapping, deadlines looming, a dozen client meetings and a handful of new employees to get up to speed. Before you know it, you’re 70 hours deep and you can’t remember what a good sleep feels like.
But for some people, that’s not a bad week – it’s every week!Read More
I am immensely proud to report that Work Wise Week 2015 has been our most successful yet, with wide National Press and Social Media coverage and inspiring articles from our Guest Bloggers. The blogs featured on our web site have all contributed a huge collective knowledge to any organisation wanting to work smarter and become more productive.Read More
The TUC has been part of the Work Wise UK campaign for smarter working since it began ten years ago. Real progress has been made during the course of the campaign. New figures published by the TUC today show 800,000 more people work from home on a permanent basis compared with a decade ago, taking the total to 4.2 million. In 2005, 12.0 per cent worked from home but by 2015 the figure had risen to 13.7 per cent.Read More
Chelgate was retained to handle public relations and public affairs for Work Wise UK from its launch in May 2006 through until 2011. It was an interesting assignment as it focused on changing working practices which have been engrained since Victorian times: working nine-to-five in a central work location is the way we have always done it.Read More
In 2011 the subject of teleworking and smarter working started to be discussed in the Czech Republic and projects were identified with the objective of assessing what the possibilities were for the implementation of new ways of working. I was lucky to be connected to some of these projects and have the opportunity to meet many interesting people and hear their experiences. One of the most important things for me was meeting and cooperating with Phil Flaxton from Work Wise UK.Read More
It’s official: we in the UK are working longer hours than ever before. And while more hours at work don’t necessarily diminish people’s sense of well-being, what does matter is choice. All-important is the sense of having some flexibility over when, where and how long we work, allowing us to juggle work, family and leisure. We all feel better if we have some control over our schedules and time allocation.Read More
What did ‘working from home’ mean when you started out? For some of us, working from home means simply that – the ability to fulfil all the basic functions of being at your desk from the comfort of your own kitchen or living room. Working from home has long been acknowledged as having social and economic benefits (helping keep those unable to tackle today’s often punishing commutes in gainful employment on their own terms and helping families work flexibly around children’s schedules).Read More
The advantages of flexible working have been integral to the continued success of Travel Counsellors. Back in 1994, we were the very first travel company in the UK to empower experienced travel professional to run their own businesses from home. Through the freedom and flexibility we’ve given our people the company continues to go from strength to strength, with over 1,400 Travel Counsellors agents across eight countries now reaping the benefits of flexible working practices, for both themselves and their customers.Read More
Working wisely, such as through flexible working, is now a reality for many individuals and is one of the ways to manage the many different challenges that occur as part of the working day.
Flexible working offers the opportunity to take your children to school, get a load of washing done, engage in your favourite sport or check on elderly parents. It provides, therefore, a very good way to keep on top of the many different things that manifest themselves or have to be done within any one day.Read More