Tele­work­ing at home base

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EM­PLOY­EES and em­ploy­ers are urged to reap the so­cial, eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of tele­work­ing.

Tele­work­ing al­lows em­ploy­ees to be based at any lo­ca­tion other than the work­place, most com­monly at home, to do their work by us­ing a com­puter, tele­con­fer­enc­ing and other tech­nolo­gies to ful­fil their du­ties.

Par­ents of young chil­dren typ­i­cally take ad­van­tage of flex­i­ble work­ing ar­range­ments to work from home but the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is push­ing for other staff to take up the op­tion and for more em­ploy­ers to of­fer it.

It is stag­ing the first Na­tional Tele­work Week in Novem­ber.

Broad­band, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the Dig­i­tal Econ- omy Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Stephen Con­roy says cost sav­ings, pro­duc­tiv­ity gains, in­creased work­force flex­i­bil­ity, ex­panded sup­ply of skilled labour and re­duced im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment are among the ben­e­fits of a tele­work­ing work­force.

‘‘ For our next gen­er­a­tion of em­ploy­ers and work­ers, IT con­nec­tiv­ity will need to be seam­less to al­low work from any lo­ca­tion, be it at home, in the of­fice or at their lo­cal cafe,’’ he says.

‘‘ The roll­out of the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work is the game changer that will make this an ev­ery­day re­al­ity for Aus­tralians, wher­ever they live.’’

HOME­WORK: A Pana­sonic eco cen­tre with em­ploy­ees look­ing to the fu­ture.

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