Feeds

Work from home, find a new hobby, buy a fountain - UK.gov

New advice site saves your boss cash while you stay in bed

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Anywhere Working, the government-backed initiative to get us chipping in towards the cost of offices, now has a working website hub portal and advice on picking the perfect fountain.

The scheme was launched in November by then-transport minister (and Lib Dem) Norman Baker, who's now been replaced by the Conservative Justine Greening, but Anywhere Working is also backed by a handful of companies (all of whom stand to gain financially by greater home working) and now has a much-awaited hub portal for potential home workers and their employers to visit.

When visitors arrive at the website they'll find a calculator that will multiply the daily cost of commuting by the number of days when home working is an option, to show how much money can be saved. Provide an email address and that number gets added to the total the scheme can claim to have saved - it's assumed the commitment will be honoured.

The scheme has set itself the target of getting 30,000 people signed up, though companies can commit all their staff at the click of a button.

Other than the calculator the Anywhere Working "online portal" offers little practical advice. It suggests we should rides bikes more often, and take up some hobbies to fill that now empty commuting time (helpfully linking to Wikipedia's list of hobbies for the uninspired). For those who find working at home difficult, the hub links to the Life Dev blog, which suggests getting a fountain as "there’s nothing quite as relaxing as the sound of running water".

Apparently you should ensure you have a good view too, and some plants around the place, which is great if you happen to live in an idyllic wonderland, but working from home is harder when it means squatting in the corner of a one-bed flat in Nunhead, South London.

There are case studies, showing how companies have saved money by offloading the cost of office space onto their employees, and the aforementioned backers would be pleased to help any company who'd like to spend money helping people work from home.

This is all leading up to Anywhere Working week, which commences on 27 February, so now might be a good time to pitch for that home office upgrade. ®

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.