Encourage more working from home

There are probably many people who could easily work from home, but employers seem strangely reluctant to agree for there staff to do so. If this were encouraged and promted by the council, it would quite simply take commuters off the road, since fewer people would need to go out to go to work. Likewise, encouraging companies to allow flexible working hours and staggering the start time of their work force would reduce the 'rush hour'.

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Surely anything to reduce the amount of traffic on the roads at peak time would help. This is not a difficult idea to achieve, but it would require more flexibility from employers.

by user563645 on November 19, 2013 at 08:34PM

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  • Posted by user881870 November 20, 2013 at 12:06

    Quite agree, AnnieM. An international company recently moved to Aztec West - where the parking could not accommodate the staff. The company refused to implement any form of staggered shift pattern and the car-share scheme was little more than a scam.

    There are, of course, pros and cons to working from home. However, there's no reason to impose a blanket "no". Each person will know best whether they can work from home or work a staggered shift. Employers need to be more flexible.
  • Posted by user372062 November 21, 2013 at 12:13

    I'm a little worried by a suggestion to combat rush hour traffic by just not going outside...?
  • Posted by user563645 November 22, 2013 at 08:57

    Of course you can go outside if you want to- it would be working from home, not a prison cell! Clearly there are people who can't or don't want to work from home, but it would not be compulsory, it would be for those who want to.
  • Posted by user734334 November 24, 2013 at 10:59

    Great idea. Would also reduce many peoples need for child care, which also increase the ability of more people to work. At one point call centres were looking into letting people work from home. Wonder what happened with that?
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