Feeds

Brits not trusted to work at home

Oprah deemed too tempting

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Brits spend more hours chained to their office desks than their European cousins - because British bosses simply don't trust their staff to work at home instead of in the office.

Home teleworking, once expected to revolutionise the workplace, is increasing in Europe, but it has failed to take off as predicted in the UK.

Stressed Brits are more likely to use teleworking as a way to take extra work home than as an alternative to working from the office, according to a report from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

The TUC claims that staff in Austria, Denmark and Finland are the most likely to work from home (around ten per cent of the workforce in these countries often opt not to go into the office). This compares to 2.5 per cent in Britain.

But when it comes to the occasional bit of out-of-hours graft, a fifth of Brits take extra work home, compared to the European Union's average of seven per cent.

"It seems the countries known for their high trust relationships at work and good work-life balance are where employers are happy to let staff work from home," said TUC deputy general secretary Brendan Barbar.

"We seem to have some of the least trusting bosses in Europe."

Barber added that British bosses needed to shape up. "When UK employers talk about flexibility, too often they simply mean their rights to hire and fire," he said. ®

Related Link

TUC report

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.