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Home PCs boost skills and productivity

19 January 2004

Results from an Office of the e-Envoy survey suggest workers are more productive at the office if they also have access to a PC at home.

Eighty per cent of those surveyed indicated that employers are the main beneficiaries as less time is spent dealing with personal issues, such as paying bills and shopping, and more time improving IT skills and gaining more familiarity with the Internet.

Three-quarters of respondents point to a greater work-life balance a home PC offers with many enjoying the flexibility of working from home.

The publication of the survey results conincided with the launch of guidelines on the Home Computing Initiative (HCI) that aims to make it easier for employers to loan computers to their employees for home use.

The guidelines contain more information about the benefits HCI schemes offer to organisations and their employees. It also includes advice on how to get started, a set of technical implementation guidelines approved by the Inland Revenue and others, as well as case studies from a number of organisations that have successfully implemented HCI schemes.

Speaking at the launch event, the e-Envoy Andrew Pinder said: "The message is clear, companies should be doing everything that they can to encourage their employees to have a PC at home. It's good for business and it's good for peoples' home lives as well. For too long benefits have tended to reward just the person receiving it, often at a significant cost to either the individual or the company, HCI rewards entire families and, more importantly, is an easy and cost effective benefit to the whole family."

The guidelines are published by the Office of the e-Envoy in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department for Education and Skills.

The guidelines can be downloaded by clicking here

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