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UK companies now discourage remote working says Microsoft
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Research from Microsoft reports that less than half of UK companiesare interested in letting staff work remotely, a drop of 10 per centsince last year, as companies become more concerned about their future.
The research polled 1000 companies, of which 13 per cent admittedthat any kind of remote working was actively discouraged and only 10per cent of staff feel they have the freedom to work

This used to be known as "home working" or "tele-working", but inthese days of Windows Mobile and small, cheap computers Microsoft wouldlike us to use the term "mobile working" or, if absolutely necessary,"remote working".
Senior managers are still the ones most likely to be working awayfrom the office, creating the impression that remote working is a"senior perk" rather than the productivity tool Microsoft would like topaint it.
Just in case anyone is missing the point, the survey also points outthat "25 per cent of senior managers say that they would leave theirjob within six months if they could not work remotely", so you'd bettermake sure they've all got the latest Windows Mobile kit then.
There is a serious point that staff who are concerned about theeconomy - and their own mortgages - are going to want to be seen aroundthe office making a contribution, even if that just involves surfingthe web from their desk rather than their bed.

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