Home working could lead to £34bn savings

WORKING from home may not be an option for Yahoo staff under chief executive Maria Miller’s new regime, but introducing flexible working could hand British businesses £34bn in savings, according to research.

A poll conducted by YouGov in tandem with Vodafone has found that, despite the average office desk costing firms thousands of pounds a year, more than one in three bosses have not considered allowing staff to work from home.

Businesses estimated that introducing flexible working could mean getting rid of, on average, 46 desks each. This could generate billions in savings, but managers vastly underestimate the potential cost benefits, the research claimed.

The issue of staff being chained to their desks has been in the spotlight recently after Mayer, who joined Yahoo from Google last year, banned fellow “Yahoos” from remote working.