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Poll: Would you work from home more if you could?

It’s a move that could boost your productivity by 13.5 per cent, according to a recent study.

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FIRING UP YOUR laptop from the comfort of your couch with no busy morning commute to tackle might sound like workplace perfection, but could you do it all day, every day, five days a week?

Thanks to advances in cloud computing, remote server access and communication systems like Skype and Slack, the work-from-home process has evolved enough that heading into the office is now the exception, not the rule, for millions of employees worldwide.

At tech giant IBM, 40% of employees don’t work from a ‘traditional office space’, a move which the company says has saved it €84 million each year thanks to reduced rents, lower utility costs and less spend on smaller overheads like stationery and office kitchen supplies.

Here in Ireland, global technology firm SAP implemented more flexible working hours and optional work-from-home days following an almost unanimous call for it during employee engagement surveys.

“They [SAP's sales sector] were so strong in their stance that management had no choice but to accept it,” SAP’s senior HR business partner Kristen Doran told TheJournal.ie.

It’s a move that could pay off in increased output too – a 2014 Stanford study found that Chinese call centre employees were 13.5 per cent more productive when permitted to work remotely.

So, tell us, would you work from home more if you could?

Poll Results:

Yes, absolutely. (432)
No, I enjoy the office buzz. (103)
I don't know. (25)

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