Is Working from Home the Answer?

Computer_monitor_2 BCS’ Women’s Forum, speaking with gender expert Jan Peters, asked UK-based companies to practise what they preach by allowing its employees, especially women, to work from home. She said that "It is all very well trying to attract women to your company by advertising flexible working, but when it comes down to it, it isn’t that easy and they make you feel uncomfortable." Companies, she argues, still have to improve the "inclusiveness" of their work places and empower employees to work flexibly when requested. Ms Peters’ comments came after BT had announced that it has kick started a pilot call centre which allows its employees to work from home in Scotland. Broadband has been a godsend for teleworkers and although technology has made great strides in making the transition from working in an office to working from home a seamless experience, it looks as if the human factor is taking more time to adapt. The comments come after research by BCS shows that women account for around a quarter of academic and research staff in the IT and computer science departments of British universities.

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  • Misty Cryer-Davidson

    A lot of women actually want to work from home and there are many opportunities to do so. Many are afraid to start their own work-from-home business because they want the stability and benefits of working for an established company. Flexible hours are appealing; however, work from home opportunities would be even more attractive.

  • Hannah

    Interesting. Working from home isn’t the panacea, there are all sorts of issues, not least of which is the social isolation you face. When you’re working for a giant like BT (and I did), it’s so important to foster a sense of belonging to a team because you don’t have loyalty to the company, it’s just too large. And that’s very difficult to do through a screen and a phone. Is it the answer?