Tele­work a win-win for ev­ery­one

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MORE em­ploy­ers need to en­cour­age tele­work­ing – work­ing re­motely – in their busi­ness, says the Aus­tralian In­dus­try Group.

It has ac­knowl­edged more busi­nesses have adopted and are reap­ing the ben­e­fits of hav­ing staff who tele­work.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Innes Wil­lox says there is re­search that shows work­ers who switch to tele­work ar­range­ments are up to 40 per cent more pro­duc­tive. ‘‘ The world of work is chang­ing,’’ he says. ‘‘ Com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly adopt­ing flex­i­ble work strate­gies, in­clud­ing tele­work, in re­sponse to th­ese changes.

‘‘ How­ever, as our re­search found, there re­main bar­ri­ers to adopt­ing tele­work in some sec­tors, es­pe­cially where em­ploy­ees are less likely to be of­fice-bound. Busi­nesses and their em­ploy­ees need more than just an in­ter­net con­nec­tion to un­lock the tele­work ben­e­fits.’’

He says com­pany cul­ture, phys­i­cal work­place de­sign and tech­nol­ogy all con­trib­ute to the success of tele­work and need to be ad­dressed if busi­nesses are to achieve the Fed­eral Government’s tar­get to dou­ble the num­ber of em­ploy­ees who tele­work to 12 per cent by 2020.

Its re­search and case stud­ies on how it can be achieved are avail­able at the web­site www.aigroup.com.au

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