More than four million people work solely¹ from home in the UK. The way we work is changing, and going into an office isn’t necessarily the best option for many jobs.
Working remotely benefits employers, as less office space is needed, and workers, who get greater flexibility. The number of people working from home is rising, and superfast broadband and easy-to-access Wi-Fi spots are helping workers connect to the office easily.
1 Wi-Fi is easy to find
Data packages used to be so small you’d wander for hours looking for a decent Wi-Fi connection. Search no more ‒ BT has more than five million free Wi-Fi spots around the country so you never need to panic again. Remote workers can breathe easy.
2 You will be more productive than office workers
Think about it. You get to wear clothes you feel comfortable in, sit (or slouch) in a way that makes you feel creative, and play obnoxious music you love. Put it bluntly, working from home equals the dream working environment, so it’s not surprising homeworkers rank their productivity as 7.7/10, compared with 6.5/10 for office workers, according to a Canada Life survey.
3 You can do everything at home you can do in the office
It used to be necessary to go into the office to make expensive international calls or upload data-heavy power points to a network. Now, you can make free international calls using tools such as Skype, or the International Freedom add-on which, for just £7.80 a month, lets you call 36 countries tariff-free with BT.
4 You can work with friends
We all say we like the people we work with but secretly we’d love to work with our friends. Remote work means you can do that, whether you’ve got a video link with your bestie in the corner of your screen sharing the plight of meeting a deadline, or you sign up to a remote working space together and brainstorm with coffee.
5 You will rarely not be able to get a signal
The average Briton sends their first text at 9.04am and their last at 9.29pm, according to BT research. The working day is covered and with BT Mobile you get fast 4G in more places than Vodafone, 02, and Three.
6 Younger workers are happier
Millennials know just how capable smartphones, tablets and laptops can be. They do most of their banking online, chat to friends using smartphones and buy gig tickets and flights using apps. It makes sense that they’ll thrive on remote working too, and happy workers are productive workers.
7 Remote work can boost morale
Sitting under bright lights in an office all day is the number one way to ramp up stress levels. Studies found lower stress levels among remote workers, which means a reduction in the chance of heart attacks and strokes. Thanks to the superfast broadband BT is rolling out across the UK, getting online at home will be stress free.
8 You can wear what you like
If wearing a suit in your kitchen makes you feel like a kick-ass boss, then go for it. If, however, you love being able to brew a cuppa and curl up in an armchair with your laptop then that is exactly what you can do.
9 You have time to exercise
Working out in an office is basically climbing the stairs when the escalator’s broken. Remote workers know there’s always time for a sneaky bike-ride to clear their head, or a jog around the block to drum up some creative thinking.
10 More time to meet the neighbours
Because you can structure your days in a more flexible way, you’ll get to know the neighbours (and the delivery person, and the leafleteers and the milkman). Best of all, you’ll be seen as a reliable presence in the neighbourhood and will have the ‘‘pleasure’’ of taking delivery everyone else’s’ packages and parcels. Lucky you!
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