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, increases in the level of 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.