Over 44,000 workers globally were asked about their concerns over home working and whether flexible working should be promoted or incentivised by governments. They were also asked about the impact of flexible working on workforce participation specifically in relation to returning mothers, older workers and youths.
Specifically, 52% of professionals report that they work outside the office more than half the week, but confirm that working from home is not always a desirable alternative.
29% of respondents say that their family resent that they have sectioned off a space in the family home and two fifths (39%) think family members take their work less seriously because they work from home.
In addition to this, 62% say they feel they are getting stale, 38% ‘get lonely’ and 64% miss mixing with other professionals. 32% are afraid of getting fat as they snack throughout the day.
In spite of this, flexible working, when carried out in a professional environment, is regarded as having great potential in helping drive growth and increase workforce participation as 81% of respondents think that money saved on expensive leases and under-occupied office space, would instead be invested in growth initiatives, in turn helping increase GDP and occupation levels.
Source : Regus