Entrepreneur Advocates for Working From Home

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By: Marie Donlon

Richard Branson is encouraging companies that employ parents of young children to give them the option of working from home, according to a recent podcast interview with the entrepreneur.

"I'm a great believer in people working from home. I encourage our staff if they want to work from home," the founder of the Virgin empire says.

As technology expands this possibility, the number of people working from home in 2015 reached 3.9 million workers (or 3 percent of the total U.S. work force). That was a 115 percent increase from the number of people working from home in 2005, according to a Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs report.

According to Branson, offering this workplace flexibility, especially to parents, can mean the world. Branson credits the flexibility he experienced while building the Virgin empire for the time he was able to spend with his two children and encourages his employees to work from home so as not to miss out.

"I lived in a houseboat when my kids were young," he recalls. "I was building Virgin. They were fooling around. I changed a nappy and I'd be on the phone. So I suspect I'll see more of my kids and family than almost any father."

To read more: http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/23/news/companies/richard-branson-boss-files/