Wednesday 23 August 2017

Remote workers are highly productive - even if wearing GAA socks and dirty T-shirts

'Let us call working from home what it actually is: skiving,
'Let us call working from home what it actually is: skiving," Clare Foges said in a British newspaper article this week, with all the sweeping generalisation and lack of nuance you might expect from a former Tory speech writer. (stock picture)

Mark Hayes

'Let us call working from home what it actually is: skiving," Clare Foges said in a British newspaper article this week, with all the sweeping generalisation and lack of nuance you might expect from a former Tory speech writer.

As I type, I'm sitting in my home office that used to be a spare bedroom, and I'm wearing a pair of tracksuit bottoms, Offaly GAA socks and a red T-shirt with a two-day-old yoghurt stain on the front. But that doesn't mean I'm skiving.

Yes, I am a remote worker. And I'm not alone - according to Eurostat's most recent figures from 2015, some 3.7pc of Irish workers usually work from home, while 9.2pc sometimes work from home. A 2015 paper from Trinity College showed that 44pc of workers in the Greater Dublin area do it at least once a month. In the UK 20pc sometimes work from home, in Sweden it climbs to 25.9pc, in Iceland 28.3pc. We can't all be skiving and getting away with it?

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