Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are wary of teleworking and worry about losing control of their workforce, according to a recent survey.
'Times' Top 1000 companies are more likely to support teleworking and said they enjoyed benefits such as reduced office overheads, improved quality of work, and increased productivity.
According to the study 'Teleworking Britain', commissioned by telecomms technology company Mitel, 59 per cent of large companies are currently teleworking to some degree. This compares to only 36 per cent of SMEs. However even among large corporates the UK has a long way to go to catch up with world leader, the US.
The survey calculates 5.1 per cent of the population work from home either some or all of the time.
Said Paul Butcher, managing director at Mitel: "Contrary to doomsayers, Great Britain is actually doing extremely well in the worldwide teleworking stakes. However, it's no time for complacency."
Around 43 per cent of SMEs and 46 per cent of 'Times' Top 1000 firms claimed the main reason for resistance is company policy. More than a third of current non-teleworkers said they would like to telework. A larger proportion of these were men.
The survey interviewed 465 employees and 150 employers, plus 6,000 individuals.
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