Employees would forgo pay for flexible working arrangements
Aussies in search of a better work-life balance are turning to the internet to juggle their nine-to-five, with more than half the nation (51 per cent) willing to forgo a percentage of their pay in exchange for flexible working arrangements.
New research released today by nbn from the Telsyte Australian Digital Workplace Study 2017 reveals the majority of Australian organisations (84 per cent) have systems in place that allow their staff to work remotely with more than half of the businesses (56 per cent) that allow their staff to work from home, doing so because it increases employee productivity.
The report shows IT and marketing professionals are leading the movement with almost a quarter (24 per cent) of staff from these roles embracing remote working options, followed by sales representatives (20 per cent) and accountants (18 per cent).
Experts say the growing ‘flexi-work’ movement is spurred by widespread access to fast broadband powered by services over the nbn™ network, as employees are able to join meetings via video conference, have stable access to their employer’s cloud servers and share large files from home.
Social researcher and generational expert, Claire Madden said:
“Australia is a lifestyle-driven nation and the flexi-working movement, assisted by access to fast broadband, is opening up new opportunities for Australian workers to pursue meaningful careers while also prioritising personal commitments.
“The highest uptake of the new nine-to-five is expected to fall across millennials who are accustomed to playing, learning and working anywhere, anytime. Millennials attraction to flexi-working schemes is deeply ingrained with practicality at the root; with almost half (45 per cent) reporting they’re more productive working from home. Gen Z will further drive the flexi-work movement as they step into the workforce, being our most technologically literate and connected generation.”