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It’s no secret that many in government and and at the top of some of the world’s biggest companies want us to stop working from home and return to the office.  It was only a matter of weeks ago that a government minister floated the idea that civil servants who work from home should be paid less than those that work from the office.

Meanwhile, Google has stated that it will be handing out pay cuts to US staff who opt to work from home full time.

We think it’s a terrible idea, and employees need to be treated like grown ups – just because you can’t see your staff, it doesn’t mean they’re not working. And what’s the point in adhering to a strict nine-to-five workday?

On the other hand, there is definitely a disconnect when working from home, and we do lose those moments of serendipity when a casual conversation turns into a winning idea for your business.

But it’s all about balance.

Flexible working Work from home

The last 18 months have seen more people than ever thrust into a situation where they’ve had to work from home. And as we emerge out the other side, many businesses are considering a ‘remote first’ policy or ‘hybrid’ working (part time home and part time office).

If your business is going to offer remote working, you’ll have to make sure your equipment is up to scratch and employees can work just as well from home as they can from the office.

The trouble is, technology is advancing at a breakneck speed so it can be difficult to work out exactly what equipment will be needed – keeping employees in touch via teleconference is easy enough, but will you need additional hardware and software to enable employees to do their job while on the move?

To help answer this question, here are a few essential tools for businesses on the move…

Flexible working Work from home

It seems hard to believe now, but up until a few years ago UK employees only had the right to request flexible working if there were a registered carer, had children under the age of 17, or children under the age of 18 with a registered disability.

But all that changed on June 30, 2014 when the UK’s Flexible Working Regulations were amended to allow anyone the right to request flexible working, so long as they have been with their employer for at least six months.

And now, seven years on, things could be about to change again as the government is proposing a legislation change to give employees the right to request flexible working from the moment they start a job.

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Flexible working Guides & How-Tos Work from home

Last week we asked should work from home staff take a pay cut on the back of calls from government ministers to cut the wages of work from home civil servants, and Google’s decision to hand out pay cuts to US staff who opt to work from home full time.

For the record, we think it’s an awful idea that stinks of bosses trying to make more money with back door wage cuts. But, if it came to it, how many of us would actually agree to take a pay cut for the privilege?

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