It is National Telework Week where working away from a central office location is expected to be the workplace of the future. Julia Gillard also announced this week a commitment to have 12 per cent of the Australian Public Service regularly working from home using high-speed broadband by 2020.
This topic links back to a recent study “Australia’s Digital Future to 2050” by Phil Ruthven, chairman of IBISWorld. This report was the first of its kind to directly link the effect of the NBN on all of Australia’s industry classes. In the report it highlighted “By 2050 it is estimated that 1 in 5 Australian’s will telework compared to only 6% today”.
IBM introduced teleworking in 1995 and has since grown to 40% of employees working remotely. Providing access to the best talent anywhere in the world and working collaboratively across countries to achieve the best business outcomes.
However, many Australian businesses still view teleworking as a special or luxury arrangement. A report by Access Economics, ‘Impacts of Teleworking under the NBN’ found that acceptance of teleworking remained low, partly due to concerns of reduced productivity without direct supervision. Yet these concerns are not proven and they can be managed.
Monitoring the quality of output instead of office presence typically yields better results. So, why wouldn’t you shift from traditional office attitudes to a model that provides access to the best talent around the world, increased employee productivity combined with significant cost savings?
1. Ruthven, 2012 “Australia’s Digital Future to 2050” IBM Australia
2. Caldow, 2009 “Working Outside the Box: A study of the Growing Momentum in Telework” Institute for Electronic Government, IBM Corporation
3. Access Economics, 2010 “Impacts of Teleworking under the NBN” Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
4. Ruthven, 2012 “Australia’s Digital Future to 2050” IBM Australia