Rural firms MUST make provisions for staff to work from home

Matthew Paxton, COO at Holiday Extras
Matthew Paxton, COO at Holiday Extras: “We want our staff to be able to work anywhere and at any time, and to be able to balance the demands of modern life alongside their job.”

Commuting to city jobs easier than commuting to rural offices

 As Yahoo! clamp down on employees who work from home, leading holiday add-ons provider Holiday Extras are introducing a new initiative to ensure that their staff can work from home.

Located in rural Kent, which is notoriously subject to extreme weather conditions, Holiday Extras’ staff are routinely unable to travel into the office when heavy snow hits. Furthermore, with the increasing cost of petrol, the cost of commuting is becoming challenging.

To ensure that staff can still work on snow days and aren’t crippled by excessive fuel costs, Holiday Extras is rolling out a scheme where each one of the team will work on a   laptop. With all operating systems on the cloud, people can access documents, communicate with colleagues and make calls through their laptops easily out of the office.

Matthew Paxton, Chief Operating Officer at Holiday Extras explains: “I understand the rationale of Yahoo! in banning teleworking, but that approach simply isn’t viable in a rural-based firm. We want our staff to be able to work anywhere and at any time, and to be able to balance the demands of modern life alongside their job.

“On the eve of our 30th Anniversary, we pride ourselves on retaining innovation at our core. Our attitudes are similar to those of a start-up, which means we are flexible and can adapt to the changing needs of staff – and of course a productive team requires flexibility.

“As our business expands and we bring more people into the team, it makes business sense to allow people to work from home, and anything we can do to help them combat the costs of commuting is going to make our workforce happier!”

 

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