What are the benefits?
Businesses, governments and community organisations in Australia and around the world are already using telework successfully. Experience shows that Telework can deliver a broad range of benefits to individuals, employers, and the country as a whole.
It's a small change that can make a big difference over time.
The benefits achieved depend on a range of factors, including the way telework is implemented; the number of employees who are teleworking; and the quality of digital infrastructure available.
For employers, the benefits can include:
- Reductions in operational costs, increased productivity, and a driver for innovation
- Improved recruitment and retention outcomes, particularly when telework is implemented to help overcome skill shortages caused by geographical barriers
- A reduction in absenteeism associated with short term staff family issues and through improving work/life balance for staff.
For employees, the benefits can include:
- Increased job satisfaction and improved work life balance
- Financial savings and a reduction in the stress caused by daily commuting
- The ability to remain in a regional or rural community rather than relocating in order to find work
- The potential to keep your job if you move house, further away from your office
More general benefits to the community can be realised through:
- Increased workforce participation
- Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, traffic congestion and fuel consumption associated with commuting.
Find out more
Our Benefits Fact Sheet (PDF, 609 KB) provides more detail on the benefits of teleworking for organisations, employees and communities.