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Research shows that businesses are enjoying better productivity and employee relations from using new smarter working practices

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, commented on the findings of the British Chamber of Commerce: “The report shows the Work Wise UK campaign is having an effect. The vast majority of businesses are now reaping the benefits of adopting smarter working practices, with many seeing significant improvements in productivity and employee relations.

“Smarter working will continue to become prevalent in the workplace, reducing the huge waste in terms of time and resources, helping business make a meaningful and achievable contribution to the environment, and reducing the impacts upon stress levels and the health of employees.”

Work Wise UK is a nationwide not-for-profit initiative to promote ‘smarter working’ practices such as compressed hours, nine day fortnights, flexible, remote and mobile working, and working from home. It is supported by a number of leading organisations including the CBI, TUC, British Chambers of Commerce, BT and Transport for London. The key objective is to increase significantly those work smarter by 2011.

Further information about Work Wise UK can be found on the website (

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Work Wise UK is organised by the IT Forum Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation.

Further information about Work Wise UK can be found on the website

A dedicated electronic media centre has been established for journalists to obtain further information, to download print-quality materials, and to register for media updates about Work Wise UK. This can be accessed either through the main website or directly at

Supporters of the Work Wise UK campaign include the CBI, TUC, the British Chambers of Commerce, BT, Transport for London, Scope, the RAC Foundation, Technology Means Business, Henley Management College and the Association for Commuter Transport.

For further information, please contact:

Roy Turner, Chelgate PR, 020 7939 7939 or 07970 522232 or

Michael Hardware, Chelgate PR, 020 7939 7939 or 07775 925 274 or

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