Chief Executives Blog: Work Wise Week 2015 Exceeds All Expectations

Chief Executives Blog: Work Wise Week 2015 Exceeds All Expectations

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. 

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Guest Blog: The homeworking message is gradually getting through, now its time to pick up the pace - By Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary

Guest Blog: The homeworking message is gradually getting through, now its time to pick up the pace - By Frances O'Grady - TUC General Secretary

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.

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Guest Blog: Work Wise UK - Celebrating ten years of success - By Michael Hardware - Chelgate

Guest Blog: Work Wise UK - Celebrating ten years of success - By Michael Hardware - Chelgate

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.

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Guest Blog: Smarter working in the Czech Republic - trends and new challenges - By Jakub Heikenwalder

Guest Blog: Smarter working in the Czech Republic - trends and new challenges - By Jakub Heikenwalder

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.

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Guest Blog: A good work-life balance means cutting the commute, not the hours - By Richard Morris - Regus

Guest Blog: A good work-life balance means cutting the commute, not the hours  - By Richard Morris - Regus

It’s official: we in the UK are working longer hours than ever before[1]. 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.  

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Guest Blog: Forget 'WFH'; why 'working anywhere' is the new norm - By Andrew Millard - Citrix

Guest Blog: Forget 'WFH'; why 'working anywhere' is the new norm - By Andrew Millard - Citrix

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).

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Guest Blog: Providing a special service through working smarter - By Steve Byrne - Travel Counsellors

Guest Blog: Providing a special service through working smarter - By Steve Byrne - Travel Counsellors

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. 

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Guest Blog - Working wisely by Dr. Roxane Gervais - British Psychological Society

Guest Blog - Working wisely by Dr. Roxane Gervais - British Psychological Society

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.

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Guest Blog: Winter is coming – but are fairer fares?

Guest Blog: Winter is coming – but are fairer fares?

The winter months are often a frustrating time for rail users. As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it can seem like you spend even more precious time commuting: travelling to and from work in the dark, getting caught up in delays for baffling reasons, trying to regulate your temperature between wrapping up warm and traveling in stiflingly hot carriages.

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Guest Blog: Reading Monday’s Financial Times made for gloomy reading.

Guest Blog: Reading Monday’s Financial Times made for gloomy reading.

Its main story was how the second half of the decade of austerity is going to see the cuts already made to public spending seem insignificant compared with what will have to come after 2015 if, as a nation, we are to balance our budget. According to the paper annual savings of £48 billion will have to be found amongst Whitehall departments. That is compared with the £25 billion found each year since the 2010 general election.

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Leadership, Workplace Culture and Smarter Working, what do they have in common? Productivity of course

Leadership, Workplace Culture and Smarter Working, what do they have in common? Productivity of course

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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Guest Blog: Breaking barriers: working smart and the rewards for doing so

Guest Blog: Breaking barriers: working smart and the rewards for doing so

There seems to be a consensus building across the UK that working flexibly is, in concept, great for the employer as well as the employee. And yet there are barriers for some employers.  They still feel hesitant to take the leap and embrace flexible working. No doubt this is because of the perceived problems that smart working can bring.  What are these potential barriers?

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