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Work Wise week 2007

Programme for Work Wise Week announced Work Wise Week (May 16 to 22), will consist of a number of themed days and events including National Work from Home Day on Friday May 18:

Wednesday May 16 will feature the Work Wise Summit at the QEII Conference Centre in London. The summit will cover most of the elements of smarter working through a series of keynote speeches and panel discussions, including organisations such as TUC, CBI, BT and Transport for London. The emphasis will be upon making the UK more competitive in the face of growing economies in Asia, enabling a second industrial revolution to make the UK the most progressive economy in the world.

Thursday May 17 will focus upon Stern Report, published late last year. The day will look at the significant positive impact of smarter working on the environment both in terms of the reduced need to travel and also a longer term reduction in resources and infrastructure to support a smarter working workforce.

Friday May 18 will be National Work from Home Day. Employers and staff around the country are being encouraged to work from home on this day, so that everyone can experience the benefits. This is not giving a day off for those participating, but an opportunity to demonstrate that without the stress induced by the workplace environment and the long commute most have to endure, people can be more productive occasionally working from home.

Weekend May 19/20 will be Wise Work Weekend, a consumer-focused initiative to provide guidance and help to those people who would like to work smarter.

Monday May 21 will look at the transport impacts of smarter working. The Eddington Report has recommended road charging as a solution to congestion – this day will focus upon smarter working as a significant part of that solution. A fall in the need to travel, and the staggered time of travel, resulting from smarter working will significantly help in solving the problem of traffic congestion and overcrowding of public transport.

Tuesday May 22 will focus upon employee benefits and social impacts of smarter working in terms of improving work-life balance, leisure and family benefits, and the knock-on effects on health and relationships. Various organisations with interests in these aspects will be involved in the day, both nationally and in the host region(s). The emphasis will be upon promoting a better work-life balance – working smarter, living better.

Work Wise UK is a national not-for-profit initiative to promote ‘smarter working’ practices such as 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 objective is for half the working population, some 14 million workers, to have had the opportunity to work smarter by 2011.

Further information about Work Wise Week and the events planned for the individual days will be issued to the media over the coming weeks. Media resources and information, and a facility enabling journalists to receive updates on the campaign, can be found at www.workwiseuk.pressrooms.net.

Further information about Work Wise UK can be found on the website (www.workwiseuk.org).

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