It’s official…it’s OK to stay at home

OK Bloggers calm down! Before you think you have another extra-statutory day, or something of that ilk, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to let you down gently…this isn’t going to herald a legitimate ‘duvet-day’, or is it?

The new Coalition Government is rumoured to be contemplating introducing more home working – encouraging employers to allow their employees to work from home one day a fortnight.

Apparently even incentives (yet to be specified) could be introduced to encourage changed work schedules and an increase in flexible hours working. Co-synchronously, plans are been devised for train companies to be asked to review how season tickets operate so the labour force that only work a proportion of the week is not penalised.

Driving (sic) this forward is transport minister Norman Baker. He claims he wants to become the first virtual minister – being apolitical I couldn’t possibly comment. The aim is to ease pressure on the UK’s transport network whilst reducing our overall carbon footprint and Mr Baker hopes to eradicate the spectre of the rush hour through radical measures.

The CBI and Campaign for Better Transport are both in favour. The Association of Train Operating Companies would appear to be less receptive to the idea – no doubt concerned about the impact on revenue that a stay at home workforce might create.

So, do you think the idea will get off the ground, or will it hit the buffers?


By | 2010-08-09T15:47:04+00:00 August 9th, 2010|Categories: Dean Shoesmith|2 Comments


  1. Lucasta Grayson 10th August 2010 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Hi Dean,

    Local government has been very receptive to this approach for quite some time now. Our staff surveys suggest this is one of the benefits that keep our employees working for us rather than earning more in the private sector and many councils have realised significant cost savings through rationalisation of office accommodation. As a train commuter I would welcome a more flexible approach to paying for travel and given the overcrowded conditions of trains at present then it has to be hoped that this is more than just talk.


  2. Dean Shoesmith 20th August 2010 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Hello Lucasta,

    Thanks for your comments. I agree that Local Givernment, and in my experience other parts of the public sector, have been progressive by introducing home working in advance of other sectors. A key issue for me is performance management – and how to get the best from managers and staff who work in different ways and environments I see from today’s (20 August 2010) newspapers that a study by research compnay Knox D’Arcy claims that Council staff waste more than 66% of their time and blames poor peformance management…

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