Telework a win-win for everyone
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