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Teleworking may help to retain workers

Employees have indicated that an option to telework may encourage them to stay with their current employer for longer, according to data from McCrindle Research.

The company found that 80 per cent of workers would stay with their current employer for longer if they were offered the opportunity to work from home. This rises even higher among full time workers, with 86 per cent indicating a preference for telecommuting.

Part of this change is the desire to be more productive. In fact, 55 per cent of those surveyed reported that they are more productive when working from home.

The survey also found that a majority of workers are already working remotely, at least some of the time. In fact, 54 per cent of workers are operating remotely in some capacity, with 10 per cent working away from the office for more than 80 per cent of their work day.

Another interesting survey outcome was that many employees would be willing to take a pay cut in order to get more flexibility from their job. Over half (52 per cent of men and 51 per cent of women) were prepared to take a pay cut to work from home.

The most commonly chosen deduction was 5 per cent of wages for the ability to work from home, although 6 per cent indicated that they would sacrifice one-fifth of their income for the flexibility that comes from remote work.

For employers, there are a number of considerations that need to be made when it comes to offering remote working to staff members. To help navigate this process, WorkPro has released an e-book on working remotely. This e-book is packed with a range of different advice and support to help managers get this process right and unlock greater productivity in their workforce.

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