‘Tis the season of coughs and sneezes… that spread diseases. If you have to spend time on a train carriage full of people blowing into handkerchiefs, chances are you are going to get the same bug. You may then prefer to work from home for a few days to spare runny noses and headaches to colleagues.

That’s a winter occurrence, without even having to consider the potential of COVID-19 that’s already testing the limits of remote working in China and parts of Europe. Then, of course, we have travel disruption. Abnormal weather conditions, such as recent storms Ciara and Dennis, have led to flight and train cancellations, with workers stranded across the country and abroad following weekend travel. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay and work from home, and businesses are becoming more open to the practice.

More than 1.54 million people work from home for their main job in the UK –  a two-fold increase from ten years ago. The BBC found there has been a smaller increase in the number of people who work in different places but with their home as a base. That number has increased by around 200,000 in the 10 years between 2008 and 2018 to 2.66 million.

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