Self-employed remote working boosts productivity

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Latest findings show that remote working boosts both flexibility and productivity for self-employed professionals.


The research, compiled by the IPSE and People Per Hour, revealed that contractors overwhelmingly saw remote working as a positive, with as many as 87% working remotely at some point in the last year.

When asked to choose the main advantages to this method of working, 55% said it gave them greater flexibility, 34% said it made them more productive, 43% said it saved them time and 41% believed it improved their work-life balance.

Of course, working remotely can have its disadvantages too; when asked for the three main examples, 27% of those surveyed said they had difficulties communicating with clients, 27% found it challenging getting regular feedback, 19% felt lonely, another 19% said they felt disconnected and 26% missed not feeling part of a team.

The report gave the following recommendations to combat the negative sides of remote working:

– Roll out superfast broadband across the UK. 78% said reliable broadband was the most important requirement. The government should continue to commit to 100% access to broadband by 2020 and ensure that all parts of the UK – including hard-to-reach areas – have access to superfast broadband.

– Promote co-working spaces. 76% of respondents said they had not used a co-working space. However, past research has shown that they are one of the most successful methods of beating the isolation and loneliness many contractors face. The government should promote co-working opportunities and explore ways to incentivise the creation of new co-working spaces.

– Promote more client support. Maintaining effective communications with clients is one of the key difficulties, and so the government should explore ways to make sure remote workers have access to the networks and communication channels they need to work off-site. They should also be encouraged to better understand the needs of the self-employed people and remote workers.

Chloé Jepps, IPSE’s Deputy Head of Research, commented, “This research shows what an important advantage remote working is for the self-employed, improving everything from flexibility to productivity.

“Government should strive to ensure this remains a positive way of working for everyone – not only by promoting coworking spaces across the country, but also by guaranteeing reliable broadband and making sure clients understand the needs of their self-employed remote workers.”

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and CEO of PeoplePerHour, added, “It is really encouraging to see how remote working is being embraced by the self-employed and the businesses who hire them. Businesses who are open to working with remote workers gives them access to a wider pool of the best talent.

“It is now important for government to help with the infrastructure needed to make this way of work sustainable; better and faster broadband access as well as better access to shared workspaces will be a good start.”

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