The big question: Have the benefits of remote/home working been overhyped?

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

Have the benefits of  remote/home working been overhyped?

Yes: 78%  No: 22%

Most IT professionals remain unconvinced about the benefits of home working and remote working, with nearly four out of five respondents to this week's Big Question agreeing that the benefits have been exaggerated.

Home working has risen sharply in recent years as communications technologies have made it more viable. A recent study by broadband research company Point Topic suggested that about 2.6 million UK households have at least one person who works regularly from home for at least part of the time.

Despite widespread of the advantages of home working among respondents, most viewed it only as a convenient occasional adjunct to office-based working, rather than a viable replacement.

"For most roles you need to be able to discuss matters with other colleagues, and the office is an efficient working environment for this," said systems administrator Henry Perry.

IT contractor Oliver Spence said, "I appreciate the flexibility in being able to work from home, but I find it a challenge without my colleagues around me."

Many raised security issues around remote working, with web-based log-ins seen as particularly vulnerable to attacks by hackers.

At the same time, the flexibility of remote working was seen as playing an important role in enabling business continuity in the event of disruption.

The Big Question is an initiative between Computer Weekly and recruitment consultancy PSD. Each week we put the Big Question to top IT professionals to get their take on a current talking point.

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