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By Spencers Solicitors

May 17, 2017  |  Kelly Pashley-Handford

Are you able to "switch off" when you leave the office?

A third of UK employees say remote access to work means they can’t switch off – literally.

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A new report from the CIPD finds many workers are experiencing problems working away from the office and highlights the need for better guidance on flexible working.

The survey of over 2,000 UK employees found that workers are divided on whether remote access to the workplace is a good or bad thing. Two-fifths of UK workers admit to actively checking their work mobile or emails at least five times a day outside of working hours. Nearly a fifth feel they are under surveillance with remote access to work, making them feel anxious and impacting on their quality of sleep.

However, on the other side of the fence, almost a third say they feel empowered by having remote access, more than half say it helps them to work flexibly and more than a third say it makes them more productive.

There is no question that remote access can help with flexible working and has a significant role to play in opening up some jobs to those unable to access them before. Equally, with growing uncertainty over the skills and jobs market, it’s more important than ever for businesses make best use of all the talent available by encouraging an inclusive and flexible workplace.

Although the merits and pitfalls of remote access will continue to be debated, employers can help protect the business and anyone impacted by remote access, by issuing clear guidance and encouraging employees to speak out if they have any concerns or are struggling in any way.

You can download a full copy of the CIPD/Halogen Software outlook here.

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