Hosted by Richard Curran on Saturday mornings, RTE radio’s The Business featured the subject of working from home following a recently released UN study. On February 18th Richard Curran interviewed Paul Mooney from Tandem Consulting on the subject, who said it costs companies €4,000 – €16,000 per annum to provide office space for their staff. In his consultancy work he deals with organisations who engage with staff working from home. In addition he does some of his work from home for the past 8 years and is convinced of its advantages as a win/win for employer and employee. One of the major advantages is the issue of commuting times in rush hour traffic and he told a story of having to commute from Clontarf to Castleknock recently. It took 2 hours to get there and 2 hours to get back in commuter traffic. He also pointed out that it takes discipline to work from home and it is important to establish boundaries. He benefits from having a separate office from the house. While the UN study raised some of the downsides of working from home, most people attest to an improvement in the quality of life they derive from being able to work from home, especially if it is balanced with doing some of their work elsewhere.