British workers remain unconvinced of the benefits of flexible working.
In a survey of 40 small-to-medium businesses, Durler Consulting found that staff share mixed attitudes to home working.
Fear of missing out on promotions, health and safety worries and lack of social interaction were all listed as major concerns.
However, cost savings, shorter working days and environmental issues were cited as definite benefits of remote working.
Robin Hills, associate director at Durler, said: “Employers actively promoting home working do so because of the massive impact this has on staff retention.
“In those sectors in which specific skills and expertise are valuable, employers realise the positive influence a harmonious work-life balance has on staff morale.
"Working from home not only saves staff money but goes a long way to reducing the business’s carbon footprint.”