Remote working is becoming increasingly popular, according to a new survey.
The report on networking and business strategy from AT&T, in co-operation with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), found that two-thirds of the executives surveyed said at least some of their staff regularly work from home Ð a substantial increase on the same survey conducted a year earlier.
The survey shows that remote working is a key factor driving corporate success, resulting in reduced costs and increased employee productivity.
Remote working is also uppermost in most executives' minds when drawing up their technology strategies. Eighty-one per cent of them said that giving remote workers full access to the corporate network is a "critical" or "important" objective.
The 2004 AT&T/Economist Intelligence Unit Survey reveals that, in the case of 46 per cent of companies, broadband access is now installed in the homes of half or more of the workforce, up from just 27 per cent in 2003.