coworking with graphics shutterstock_223244488Check out this interesting article in the Guardian, which looks at how social care firm Cafcass (the Children and Family Court Advisory & Support Services) successfully introduced remote-working for their staff.

The article describes how the 81 staff at Cafcass use a range of tools to keep in touch with managers and with each other, while staff working on particular projects collaborate using Yammer, a social networking site for business.

Managers highlighted the importance of using appropriate, secure technology to let everyone have access to the work they needed, as well as a culture of ‘high trust’  – both important factors in a successful remote-working team.

Cafcass managers were pleased with the results, highlighting a number of benefits, including:

  • Less time spent commuting (and hence more time spent on case-work)

  • A 50% reduction in office space, bringing significant savings, and

  • More productive staff, who felt more in control of their work and had a better work-life balance.

Does your organisation encourage remote working?  Do you work from home yourself, or manage remote-working teams? If you would you like to be featured as a workHive case study, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you! 

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