Work Wise UK is a not-for-profit initiative, which aims to make the UK one of the most progressive economies in the world by encouraging the widespread adoption of smarter working practices.
An increasingly complex world means that employers and employees have to strive to use their resources effectively; one to gain better productivity, the other to balance work-life pressures.
Work Wise UK provides a central information service for the UK workforce and champions the dissemination of key information and best practice. The initiative unites UK society, including the public and private sectors, professional bodies and trade unions and supports the broader use of smarter working as a modern day approach to working life.
Although the actual proportion of the UK workforce which currently makes use of smarter working practices is not clear, 'home workers' - defined as 'people who work mainly in their own home, or in different places using home as a base', is known to be 3.1 million out of 28.76 million, or 11 per cent of the total workforce (source: National Statistics, Labour Market Trends Oct 2005). Work Wise UK believes that this can be extended to 50 per cent of the workforce within five years.