Most British workers would prefer to work from home but four out of ten managers are unhappy to release their staff.
They cite obstacles such as lack of access to computer systems and difficulties communicating with colleagues. They also fear their employees will be distracted by their families.
The results come from research by NOP on behalf of Microsoft. Its group marketing manager Cynthia Crossley said, "The gridlock plaguing Britain is clearly damaging British industry, but the solution is simple. British office workers are clearly enthusiastic about working away from the office.
"With Internet access, e-mail, mobile phones and pocket PCs, workers can freely work away from the office."
By Kathy Watson