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'Pros and cons' for homeworking

Published: Tuesday, 25 March 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Working from home reduces stress levels, but raises fears about being overlooked in terms of career progression, according to new research

A survey by Durham Business School examined some 749 staff in management or professional positions and revealed that homeworkers worry about missing out on office networking and potential career opportunities which tend to be discussed in the workplace

However, the research also suggested that homeworking was responsible for an overall improvement on an employee's work-life balance, as it provides more time with the family and reduces the chance of stress-related burnout.

Some four out of ten respondents who worked over 20 hours a week at home reported experiencing less stress because of their job, as opposed to 65 per cent of those who only work in the office.

Tom Redman, professor of HR management, commented: "It seems at least for managerial and professional employees in knowledge-based industries that working from home is an antidote to the stresses of office-based working, but this may be at the expense of lower levels of support for career development."


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