• news Lord Jones of Birmingham (former UK Skills Envoy):-
    "The nature of work is changing, and UK business needs to come out of the dark ages and realise that it cannot continue to use working practices that originate from the 19th century. It needs to modernise, change its approach, retrain its management, and understand the benefits of new smarter working practices."

  • news Brendan Barber, TUC General Secretary:-
    "The quality of working life is rapidly becoming an important issue for many working people. A growing number of employees want more flexibility about when and where they work. In a recent government survey*some five million people said that they wanted to switch to flexitime or homeworking. Employers who can meet this demand for different ways of working will gain valuable benefits in terms of improvements in recruitment, motivation and productivity."

  • news David Frost, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce:-
    "The success of the British economy depends upon an enterprising industry with a skilled and innovative workforce. Work Wise UK provides a unique opportunity for employers and employees to work together to create mutually beneficial ways to work. This should make the British economy more dynamic and efficient so it is fit to thrive and compete internationally."

  • news Richard Lambert, Director General, CBI:-
    "Many businesses are already reaping rewards from more flexible and smarter ways of working, achieving improved productivity and staff recruitment and retention. Local communities and the environment benefit too. The right balance must, of course, be struck between employees having maximum flexibility and businesses remaining competitive and meeting customers’ needs."

  • news Work Wise UK Concordat
    Many of the UK's leading organisations from the public, private and third sectors have signed up to the Work Wise Concordat, pledging to encourage the adoption of Smarter Working Practices. Find out more about the Work Wise Concordat and how to sign up.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


Work Wise Week
Working Smarter Webinar - Wednesday, 16th March

Join the free chooseanotherway.com webinar on Working Smarter on Wednesday, 16th March at2pm.

David Lennan, Chairman of Work Wise UK will provide an explanation of why the traditional working week is increasingly becoming a thing of the past and is proving inadequate in meeting the demands of modern day businesses.
Find out how smarter working measures can be implemented in your organisation.
Discover the benefits that can be gained from smarter working including:

  • reducing congestion
  • reducing staff turnover
  • increasing staff motivation, and
  • contributing to corporate social responsibility.

To register for the webinar visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/858654793. You will then be sent details of how to join the webinar on the day.
For any further information visit www.chooseanotherway.com or contact fiona.simon@est.org.uk.

Work Wise Week 2011
The 6th annualNational Work from Home Day will take place on Friday, 20th May 2011 and will again form part of Work Wise Week, which this year runs from Monday, 16th May - Friday, 20th May.

Also later in the year, when British Summer Time has ended, Commute Smart Week will run from Monday, 14th November - Friday, 18th November.

More details will be provided on this website soon.

Mobile and Wireless Healthcare 2011

16 February 2011, Birmingham

Join healthcare IT professionals to explore the state of the IT market, the effect of the changing healthcare landscape on your role and how innovative use of technology can improve the value of care for patients and practitioners.

Offer for Work Wise UK’s supporters: save 20% in addition to the 2 for 1 delegate place offer available, when booking your place using code GP05.

Incorporating high level discussions, the conference will explore key topics surrounding mobile healthcare and telehealth, with leading experts and practitioners including:
  • David Lennan, chairman, Work Wise UK
  • Stephen Johnson, head of long term conditions, Department of Health
  • Wendy Hardicker, assistant director, Out of Hospital Care, NHS Norfolk
  • Dr Tim Ringrose, medical director, Doctors.net.uk
  • Dr Janet Williamson, national director, NHS Improvement
For more information and to book your place with the 20% discount, visit guardian.co.uk/mobile-wireless.

This conference is CPD certified.

Smarter Working Keeps the Snow Bound Connected

The impact of the current extreme weather on the UK is not as bad as many are stating, according to Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of Work Wise UK.

Commenting on the travel situation across the UK he said “Although a large number have not been able get to work due to closed roads, many employees now adopt ‘Work Wise’ practices which allow key workers to be more flexible in terms of when and where they work. The provision of laptops, broadband and dial-in meeting facilities meant that a good proportion of those unable to physically get to the office are able to link to the office or customers via the internet or teleconference. For their employers the loss in terms of productivity due to the failings of the transport system was minimised.” More...

“More enlightened employers already allow their staff to work smarter, enabling them to work flexibly, work from home, and work on the move. Those employers will reap the benefit of their policies this week – smarter working significantly reduces the impact of events such as extreme weather because there is no necessity to travel to central locations, or to travel at specific times.”

“Whilst improvements can and should be made in terms of planning for extreme weather conditions, many of the highway authorities were doing their best to keep key roads open but some were defeated by the depth and range of the snow. The grit and salt on many roads is proving ineffective due to the amount of snow and indeed snow being blown onto highways already cleared.”

 “It is a well documented fact that technology advancement now allows an increasing number of the working population to work virtually from anywhere.”

Employers Stop 1 in 5 Workers Working From Home
Nearly one in five workers want to work from home but are being prevented from doing so by their employer, says the TUC as it offers five reasons for businesses to try out home working to mark National Work From Home Day today (Friday) and invites Work Wise UK CEO Phil Flaxton to write a guest blog entry. (links open in new windows)

Work Wise UK Announces Sustainable Workplace Plan

As part of its programme for Work Wise Week, Work Wise UK announces its latest tool to assist organisations identify and deliver the benefits of workforce flexibility. More

Commute Smart Week 8th - 12th November 2010

This year's Commute Smart Week highlighted a number of ways of avoiding the misery of travelling to and from work in the dark, and the depression and despondency that many experience as a result, by working and commuting smarter.

Trying alternative ways of commuting, such as cycling or walking, can also help reduce congestion and public transport overcrowding, and at the same time significantly improve health and wellbeing.

Smarter working practices, such as working from home and staggering work starting and finishing times, can help reduce the number of journeys or avoid peak travel congestion.

The knock-on effect of reducing overall traffic congestion and public transport overcrowding by extending the rush hour and reducing peak demand through smarter working and commuting will make the daily journey to work more bearable for those workers who have no choice when and how to travel.

Flexible working times (including flexitime, condensed hours and nine day fortnights), staggered journeys and part home working, reduce the overall need to commute, and allow flexibility when people commute, allowing them to avoid peak times. More...

To assist both employers and their employees, we have produced ten top tips for commuting smarter this winter and the organisation, Living Streets has also produced some useful guidance on walking in the winter (links open is a new window)..

National Commute Smart Week this year had five themes focussing on:

  • Flexible Commuting – encouraging people to travel outside peak times. Coming into work an hour early, and then leaving an hour early at the end of the day, or going an hour later, and leaving an hour later.
  • Remote Working – encouraging employees to use remote offices instead of travelling to a central office. These would include serviced office space or even hot spots such as Coffee.Shops, and Hotels.
  • Virtual Meetings – encouraging employees to hold a meeting by telephone, conference call or online instead of travelling to a meeting.
  • Healthy Commuting - Cycling (why spend hours in the gym?),Walking (get off a stop or station early and walk), Office (take the stairs,not the lift).
  • Road Congestion and Road Safety - Fatal Friday Phenomenon - 12th November - Road users are more at risk of an accident on a Friday than any other day of the week, especially during the winter. Known as ‘Fatal Friday Phenomenon’, statistics show that more accidents happen on a Friday, and particularly between the hours of 4pm and 6pm, than at any other time. The statistics also show that the number of accidents jumps by up to a fifth in the winter compared to the summer.

We at Work Wise UK believe that the economic downturn could lead to a travel revolution this winter, as organisations and staff look to reduce costs.

Thousands of employers are already seeing the benefits to themselves and their staff by implementing a smarter working policy. Policies such as staggering work journeys, home working, and encouraging cycling and walking, are enabling staff to get to work in a better way and in the process saving time and money whilst improving health and wellbeing. Now, being green and commuting smart have never made more commercial sense.

The CBI estimates that road congestion alone costs the UK economy some £20 billion per year. Even a limited take-up of smarter working could save £1.9 billion per year within five years.

Commuting for long periods of time has become a part of the UK’s working culture. The excessive time spent commuting is one of the main factors involved in the work-life balance issue. Not only is the amount of time commuting an issue, the 9 to 5 culture with its peak travel times generates congestion on the rail, underground and road networks and as a consequence, increases stress for commuters.

The knock-on effect of reducing overall traffic congestion and public transport overcrowding by extending the rush hour and reducing peak demand through smarter  commuting will make the daily commute more bearable for those workers that have no choice when and how to travel.

In these cost conscious times, employees and employers are looking at the cost of travel and realising the absurd waste of time and resources, especially of one person commuting by car. ’Smarter commuting, such as walking, cycling, car sharing and reducing the number or journeys by allowing remote working, leads to better productivity and cuts business costs. ’There are not only direct savings, such as mileage allowances, but also hidden costs such as parking provisions, staff retention and employee health issues that can be addressed through travel planning.

Commenting on the launch of Commute Smart 2010, Work Wise UK Chief Executive Phil Flaxton said: “Commuting for long periods of time has become a part of the UK’s working culture."

“The excessive time spent commuting is one of the main factors involved in the work-life balance issue."

“Not only is the amount of time commuting an issue, the 9 to 5 culture with its peak travel times generates congestion on the rail, underground and road networks and as a consequence, increases stress for commuters."

“The knock-on effect of reducing overall traffic congestion and public transport overcrowding by extending the rush hour and reducing peak demand through smarter  commuting will make the daily commute more bearable for those workers that have no choice when and how to travel."

"So, my advice for the months ahead is, why travel in the dark – when you can commute smart.”

Home Working Helps Commute Times to 10 Year Low
The growth of home working has helped to cut average commute times to a 10 year low of 47 minutes and 48 seconds per day, a TUC analysis of official figures reveals today (Thursday).

Using figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the TUC has calculated that £339 million worth of working time is spent travelling to and from work every day.

The TUC analysis – published to coincide with Work Wise UK’s Commute Smart week this week (8-12 November) – finds that the average time spent commuting to and from work increased each year from 1998 to 2006, reaching a record 52 minutes and 36 seconds in 2006. More

Work Wise Week 2010
In its fifth year, Work Wise Week consisted of themed days aimed at highlighting the significant benefits to employers, their staff and those self employed of adopting a smarter working policy.

The traditional working week of nine to five, Monday to Friday is increasingly becoming a thing of the past and is proving inadequate in meeting the demands of modern day business practices.

Work patterns are changing rapidly. Work is becoming more flexible in terms of location, timing and a multitude of other factors causing new work practices to emerge.  With changing labour markets and social responsibilities, employers and employees are seeking more flexible approaches in how, when and where they work.  Businesses and organisations that are responding to this change are benefiting in many ways - and so are their employees. More...

It is recognised that the UK workforce is now among the hardest working in the world. Today, this results in the UK's average working week being among the highest in Europe. Three-quarters of employees regularly work overtime, although of those only a third are rewarded with extra pay or time off in lieu. One in six employees works more than 60 hours a week.
  
Employees now have an ever-widening range of choices in designing a work life balance that meets their specific work and family commitments.  With this freedom comes the necessity to manage their careers more carefully and keep informed of the smarter working practices that can benefit business, the employee and society as a whole.

Work Wise Week 2010 presented an ideal opportunity to explore how you and your organisation could boost productivity and efficiency in these straightened times, by implementing smarter working practices. The programme consisted of:-

  • Monday 20th - Smarter Travel Day
    Changing the time at which you start your journey, or travelling by public transport instead of by car can reduce the peak rush hour, and make the commuting experience far more bearable for many.
  • Tuesday 21st - Mobile Working Day
    Encouraging people to work while on the move, instead of travelling to a central office.
  • Wednesday 22nd - Virtual Meeting Day
    This day encouraged people to conduct meetings by audio or video conferencing or go online instead of travelling to meetings.
  • Thursday 23rd - Remote Office Day
    This day encouraged people to use remote offices instead of travelling to a central office. These included serviced office space, touch down centres or even hot spots such as coffee shops.
  • Friday 24th - National Work from Home Day
    The 5th annual National Work from Home Day again encouraged people to work from home for the day instead of commuting to their usual place of work.
Commenting on the start of Work Wise Week 2010, Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of Work Wise UK said: "This year, smarter working is more relevant than ever, with the recession biting hard, businesses have to find ways of reducing costs whilst maintaining productivity and smarter working practices are an integral part of the solution. I would urge the UK's working population to support and engage with Work Wise Week 2010".

New Contact Telephone number for Work Wise UK

Please note that our telephone number has changed to: 01252 311557

Work Wise North East Leads the Way in Smarter Working

Work Wise North East is the UK's leading regional group for promoting the implementation of smarter working practices. To find out why click here.

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