Benefits of teleworking there for all
TELEWORKING can and should play an important role in lifting Australia’s economic prospects, says KPMG Australia.
It says working from a location other than the office can help people to participate in the workforce while juggling other activities such as care or lifestyle needs.
Chief economist Nicki Hutley says employers who provide telework arrangements can better recruit and retain staff and experience reduced absenteeism.
‘‘ Teleworking also enables greater participation by older workers and those with disabilities,’’ she says.
‘‘ There are people looking to leave the rat race of the city and move to regional areas where they feel they would have a better quality of life.
‘‘ If business and government continue to adopt the right technology infrastructure, like cloud technology, for example, the burden on our cities and urban areas can be eased.’’
KPMG research shows if participation rates for the 55 to 64-year age group increase by 7 per cent, it would raise total GDP in 10 years by $25 billion, or 1.4 per cent.
It also finds there are 200,000 people with disabilities or special needs who are prepared to work from home or a local work hub, provided they have the right support.