Guest blog: "The pros and cons of working from home abroad" - By Annette Morris, Digital Marketing Consultant, LaFranglaiseWeb.

Guest blog: "The pros and cons of working from home abroad" - By Annette Morris, Digital Marketing Consultant, LaFranglaiseWeb.

For some, the ultimate work-life balance is working from home while living abroad. Research by Bergerac Airport, in South-West France, found almost one in five British residents in the region were commuting back to work in the UK.  With the ever increasing speed and consistency (for some people this can be more important than speed) of internet connectivity, a seamless connection to the office server can be within anyone's reach.  Even in the wilds of Lozère (the least populated area in France), a Satellite dish will instantly connect you with the office via video call, phone, email or VOIP. 

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Chairman's blog: Brexit or Nexit - Productivity remains the key - By David Lennan, Chairman of Work Wise UK

Chairman's blog: Brexit or Nexit - Productivity remains the key - By David Lennan, Chairman of Work Wise UK

23rd June will be a big day for all of us and whatever the outcome there will be substantial and lasting impact on our working lives. Never before in our history have we as individuals had such an important decision to make, that will have such major consequences for future generations.

Yet, I am far from convinced that we all feel adequately prepared and confident to cast our votes, as we are subject to so many conflicting views hitting us from all sides of the debate and through the media channels. One place that really does have impact on all of us as individuals, is our Workplace and it is my firm belief that employers small and large should be doing all they can between now and 23rd June to help their staff understand the arguments for and against membership of the EU.

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Guest blog: I've seen the benefits of homeworking, but too many are still missing out. By Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC

Guest blog: I've seen the benefits of homeworking, but too many are still missing out. By Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC

Working in central London I know exactly what a grind daily commuting can be.  I relish the rare chances I get to work from home when I can.  It wouldn’t work for me every day, but when I need to really focus and avoid interruption, there’s no better workspace than my kitchen table.

I’m not the only one. Surveys suggest that there is a huge unmet demand for home working. Millions would like to, but don’t yet have the option. 

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Guest blog: The power of people and technology in an ever-changing work environment - By Steve Byrne, Managing Director, Travel Counsellors

Guest blog: The power of people and technology in an ever-changing work environment - By Steve Byrne, Managing Director, Travel Counsellors

As a company an integral part of our growth and success has been down to the flexibility and empowerment we give our people in running their own travel franchises from home. Since launching Travel Counsellors over 20 years ago this business concept has seen the company grow to over 1,500 Travel Counsellors agents across seven countries enjoying the benefits of flexible working, for both themselves and their customers.

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Guest blog: Freedom and technology in the workplace - By Andreas Koenig, CEO of TeamViewer

Guest blog: Freedom and technology in the workplace - By Andreas Koenig, CEO of TeamViewer

The workplace is constantly evolving and so too are the workers. A staggering 81% of 16-24 year-olds think traditional 9-5 office life is no longer relevant in the 21st century. This statistic comes from a survey of over 1,000 UK office workers undertaken by TeamViewer for a new report about the future of of the workplace. With such a high number of the younger generation feeling this way, businesses and employers need to cater to the evolution of work life.

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Guest blog: 7 productivity hacks for homeworkers - By Victoria Binz, freelance digital marketing consultant and co-founder of the Brighton Homeworkers group.

Guest blog: 7 productivity hacks for homeworkers - By Victoria Binz, freelance digital marketing consultant and co-founder of the Brighton Homeworkers group.

Many studies aim to prove that flexibility is the new productivity when it comes to work. In the case of homeworkers, most people will agree that flexibility doesn’t mean a lack of structure. Key qualities for working from home include independence, resourcefulness, self-motivation, solution finding, resilience and communication. In other words, homeworking is not for the faint-hearted!

Why not give it a try this Friday 20th May for National Work from Home Day? Here are a few productivity hacks from people who work regularly from home.

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Guest blog: A few thoughts on working from home (from a psychologist working from home) - By Dr Thomas L. Webb

Guest blog: A few thoughts on working from home (from a psychologist working from home) - By Dr Thomas L. Webb

Department of Psychology, The University of Sheffield and Chair of The Institute of Inertia 

Friday 20th May is National Work from Home Day and many office workers will take the opportunity to avoid the commute in favour of working from home (perhaps in their pajamas[1]) and getting some ‘proper’ work done.

The question is will they be any more productive?

Assuming that the time that would otherwise be spent commuting, attending meetings and chatting with colleagues is spent working, then simple reason dictates that working from home means more time spent working and, thus, greater productivity.

But this simple prediction makes a number of assumptions:

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Guest blog: It Always Helps To Be On The Right Side Of History - By Paul Wilson - Founder of Catalyst Recruitment

Guest blog: It Always Helps To Be On The Right Side Of History - By Paul Wilson - Founder of Catalyst Recruitment

It always helps to be on the right side of history – and that applies to business as much as anything else in life.

So a smart business will detect which way the tide of affairs is flowing and swim with it. And, in advanced western economies, the trend is towards more and more people working from home, reverting to a norm that was only interrupted by the Industrial Revolution.

When I started Catalyst in 2005 as a finance and accounting recruitment agency, it seemed like a natural way to operate. I knew I would enjoy it, the people I wanted to work for me were all in favour and – most important – it gave us a valuable insight into much larger businesses that were also moving towards the same model.

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Welcome to Work Wise Week 2016 from Phil Flaxton - Chief Executive of Work Wise UK

Welcome to Work Wise Week 2016 from Phil Flaxton - Chief Executive of Work Wise UK

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Work Wise Week 2016.

I would like to start by thanking all of the organisations who will be working with us during the week to raise the awareness of new, smarter ways of working.

Now in its 11th year, the aim of Work Wise Week, which includes National Work from Home day, is to promote modern “smarter” working practices such as flexible, remote and mobile working, as well as working from home. 

As a Not for Profit campaign and development organisation we work to help make the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world by introducing smarter working practices which, can enable significant gains to both an organisations productivity and increase the work/life balance of its employees. 

Improving work place productivity brings real benefit to business, employees and the country as a whole. We strive to create the sort of environment where people work well as a team and new ideas can flourish. Work place productivity initiatives and improvements boost the bottom line and benefit everyone. Many organisations who have adopted the Work Wise UK way are already experiencing this.

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Guest blog: Solutions for backing up your data - By Matt Powell - Editor, Broadband Genie

Guest blog: Solutions for backing up your data - By Matt Powell - Editor, Broadband Genie

Backing up important data is an absolute must, especially if you’re running a business.

To encourage more of us to implement a rigorous backup solution March 31st is ‘World Backup Day’ and it’s a good opportunity to consider your approach to safeguarding data.

With so many different options for backing up files, many of them affordable even for small businesses and freelancers, there really is no excuse.  

Remember: data you don’t have backed up is data you don’t want.

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Guest Blog: Top Tips for a Successful Work Life Balance - By Laura Boxall, Freelance Writer

Guest Blog: Top Tips for a Successful Work Life Balance - By Laura Boxall, Freelance Writer

Being able to balance both working life and home life is becoming increasingly difficult as employees struggle to cope with a demanding work culture.

Zero-hour contracts, dependency on technology and expectations to work outside of contracted hours is blurring the line between jobs and personal time – leading to increased levels of stress and mental illness. Data from the Centre For Mental Health revealed that workplace mental health problems costs the UK economy over £26 billion a year through sick days, high staff turnover and low productivity.

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Guest Blog: How to have a productive January - by Lilli Hender from Office Genie: A desk and office space marketplace.

Guest Blog: How to have a productive January - by Lilli Hender from Office Genie: A desk and office space marketplace.

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. 

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Guest Blog: Can working from home help reduce air pollution? - Experts say maybe. By Liliana Sanchez, Communications Assistant, Survey Bee

Guest Blog: Can working from home help reduce air pollution? - Experts say maybe.   By Liliana Sanchez, Communications Assistant, Survey Bee

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.

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Guest Blog: It's world paper free day! Are you paperless? By Rowan Jameson, managing partner of business services, Telefonica UK

Guest Blog: It's world paper free day! Are you paperless?  By Rowan Jameson, managing partner of business services, Telefonica UK

At O2, this week it’s all been about paperless working. Monday saw the launch of a 6 week paperless initiative. On Wednesday, we shared the four stages of going paperless.

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.

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Guest Blog: The growth of extreme commuting times puts a strain on health and happiness - by Frances O'Grady - General Secretary - TUC

Guest Blog: The growth of extreme commuting times puts a strain on health and happiness - by Frances O'Grady - General Secretary - TUC

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.

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Commute Smart Week Provides a Great Opportunity for Savvy Employers to Think About Workplace Culture and Smarter Working - By David Lennan - Chairman - Work Wise UK

Commute Smart Week Provides a Great Opportunity for Savvy Employers to Think About Workplace Culture and Smarter Working - By David Lennan - Chairman - Work Wise UK

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! 

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Are you a workaholic? - by Richard Morris, UK CEO, at global work space provider Regus

Are you a workaholic? - by Richard Morris, UK CEO, at global work space provider Regus

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!

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