Kyabram Free Press

Work from home to stay as employees stay put

- By Darren Linton

Working from home will be a lasting legacy of the pandemic, with many employees converted to remote work opting not to return to the office.

In a report, the Productivi­ty Commission said the move to large numbers of employees working from home could increase the country's productivi­ty levels.

While fewer than eight per cent of Australian­s were working from home before the coronaviru­s outbreak, that number has since increased to 40 per cent.

Commission chairman Michael Brennan said the move to larger numbers of people working from home would be the biggest shift in employment in decades.

"It is inevitable that more Australian­s will work from home," he said.

"The forced experiment of COVID-19 has greatly accelerate­d take-up of technology, including that which assists working-fromhome opportunit­ies."

The report said government­s should support the transition to remote work for more employees as jurisdicti­ons emerged from lockdown.

Three-quarters of employees surveyed said they considered themselves as more productive working from home compared to the office.

“Working from home won't suit everyone or every business, but for many employees, working from home arrangemen­ts will be a factor in deciding which job to take," Mr

Brennan said.

"Some employees have indicated they would be prepared to take less pay in return for the ability to work from home."

Despite the report mentioning that working remotely reduced levels of physical activity, the commission said overall, working from home represente­d a positive gain to society.

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