Teleworking at home base
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.