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04.03.2009 Er hjemmekontor et aktuelt sparetiltak

På grunn av gode erfaringer ansatte har gjort, foregår det i flere fora en diskusjon om norske arbeidsgivere henger etter med å ta i bruk ordninger som er mer tilpasset dagens muligheter for å gjøre arbeidet DER det passer og NÅR det passer. Dette sier BBC/BT angående sine erfaringer med hjemmekontor:

BBC World Services listeners have been hearing that BT has a happier, healthier and more efficient workforce - thanks to its policy on flexible working.

In an eight-minute interview on the Business Daily programme, BT director of people and policy Caroline Waters said the benefits of its approach were “absolutely amazing”.

She revealed that BT’s 12,000 homeworkers are 20 per cent more productive than their colleagues and took an average of three days sick a year, compared with the national average of eight. The company has also saved £500 million in real estate costs in the past six years, she said.

The advent of broadband meant most aspects of any job – from chief executive to personal assistant – could be done from home, said Caroline. This includes virtual meetings, planning and scheduling.

Although ten per cent of the workforce are based exclusively at home, Caroline said many other BT employees – including herself – opt for occasional homeworking.

“It’s all about me having the freedom to choose the right place to work in the way that’s most efficient to me at the time,” she said.


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