I am writing in response to the article How to survive the workplace of the future (NCE 6 January).
I too feel that the construction industry is way behind other industries in not allowing its staff to work from home. A friend of mine works for a planning consulting company. She is a permanent employee and says that the company, at times, allows its staff to work from home.
I recently had an opportunity to undertake work which would have allowed me to mainly work from home on a contract basis. However, it fell through due to the fact that the consulting company did not have enough confidence to apply this working practice.
What a pity. I feel that everybody was a loser. For the consultant, it would have been an ideal opportunity to be a leader and innovator. For me, the humble contract worker, working from home is one of my ideals. Plus having such a client would have been good for my self-esteem.