New research by CartridgePeople.com found that 57% of workers believe they get more done when working from home, compared to the workplace

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According to new research by CartridgePeople.com, employers who would like to increase staff productivity should encourage their employees to work from home. The study revealed that 57% of employees believe they manage to get more work done when they are based at home, compared to when they are at their place of work.

Home working is championed by business leaders including Virgin’s Richard Branson and is offered by many leading companies including Amazon, Dell, Apple, Salesforce and more.

The data shows that 30.5% of UK employees work from home every day, whilst 14% do so every week. This scale increases even more when it is considered that 38% of workers admit they work from home outside of office hours with 22% doing so from home in the evening and 18% at the weekend.

However, research by Virgin Media Business estimates that these figures are set to drastically increase - with the proportion of home workers set to increase to 60% of the workforce over the next decade.

This prediction was echoed by a survey of business leaders at the Global Leadership Summit in London, which found 34% said more than half of their business’ full-time workers would be working remotely by 2020.

Andrew Davies, spokesperson for CartridgePeople.com, commented: “When people think about home working, it is easy to wrongly assume that many home workers spend their days getting easily distracted or procrastinating by watching TV or chatting to family members. This data has proven the opposite is actually true - home working clearly allows workers to focus more, with fewer distractions such as the temptation to join in on tea rounds or having unnecessary meetings with colleagues.

“It could be argued that employers should be encouraged to accept staff members’ requests to work from home. Granted that parameters are set in place to monitor the productivity of home workers, businesses could benefit from adopting a more flexible approach to the working day. In such a competitive business environment, any measure that can see you improve results should surely be explored.”