While the concept of telework is not new, advances in broadband and other technologies have increased the trend towards telework as a way to generate savings and efficiencies for business.

Benefits of telework:

Telework benefits

 

Why should my business consider telework?


Telework is a relatively simple and cost effective way to improve productivity in your business and to provide employees with a more flexible and balanced way of working. The benefits experienced by teleworking employees can flow back to your business in a range of ways.

These include:

  • Become an employer of choice for skilled talent-
    • Better work-life balance
    • Use of new technologies
  • Build workplace flexibility
  • Time and cost savings through a reduced need to travel
  • Retain valuable staff (regardless of their location)
  • Cost savings by running a smaller workshop/office
  • Be seen as an innovator by taking advantage of digital technologies
  • Reduced impact on the environment with-
    • less congestion on roads and public transport
    • reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

     

Benefits of telework


Productivity

There are many aspects of telework that can mean an employee may be more productive than if they were required to work in an office. Factors such as a quieter work environment with fewer distractions, more efficient meetings, and less commuting time all have an impact on a worker’s productivity levels.

 

A broader employment pool

Because of the flexibility telework offers in terms of employees being able to work remotely, you can recruit employees from a much broader geographic and demographic area than would otherwise be possible. This opens up opportunities to recruit employees in regional or remote areas who may be reluctant to relocate to metropolitan areas in order to find work.

Telework also provides an opportunity for people facing barriers to working in a traditional workplace. This includes people with physical disabilities who are unable to use public transport, those providing care for others; or those who live in regional or remote areas where job prospects are poor. Offering telework to these individuals can mean that you are able to attract high calibre employees previously not available to you.

Similarly, telework can help to provide continued employment for mature age workers, who are often very experienced, loyal and reliable members of your workforce. An older worker’s continued participation in the workforce also brings additional benefits to the community as a whole, not to mention to the employee themselves.

 

Savings on operational costs

From an operational perspective, having fewer staff working in your office can result in saving on overheads such as utilities, property and fit out, parking, security and other associated costs. You may even be able to relocate to smaller premises, or to a lower cost location without the need to have close access to public transport.

Calculate some of the potential savings using the government’s quick calculator for employers.

 
 
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