Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Putting telework on the agenda: National Telework Week 2013

14 November 2013

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Minister for Communications

National Telework Week 18–22 November puts telework on the agenda; helping employers and employees understand the benefits of teleworking and how to make it work.

Improved access to high-speed broadband connectivity and the proliferation of mobile devices is changing how we work. It is increasingly relevant to say that work is what you do, not where you do it.

Investment in a digitally-enabled, flexible workforce must be part of any organisation's strategy to attract and retain skilled staff, increase productivity and make cost savings.

Even in my own office, I don't actually care whether people are in the office, as long as they're productive. The way to measure people is by output, not how many hours they spend in the office.

Recent research commissioned by Cisco Systems demonstrates the productivity benefits of a flexible workplace practice. This research found that employees who telework one to three days per week (hybrid teleworkers) are more productive by up to 12 per cent.

Although Australian organisations embracing telework are increasingly aware of its many benefits, some still face challenges when it comes to implementing more flexible workplace models.

There are a range of resources available on the skills and capabilities you need to participate in the ‘anywhere working’ flexible workplace of the future. My Department's free Telework Kit and Training Programs provide tips on technology, processes, policies and people management, for both employees and employers.

To download these resources and to find out more about National Telework Week 2013, go to www.telework.gov.au

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