Older workers say they would stay in the workforce longer if there was more flexibility.
Older workers say they would stay in the workforce longer if there was more flexibility. Catherine Yeulet

Why aren't more bosses letting us work from home?

WE have the latest technology.

We can talk to anyone in the world and share documents and presentations via our computers or smart phones.

Yet it seems modern Australian businesses are failing to harness the power that such connectivity offers.

New research launched by Citrix today shows that the flexibility of working from  home is still a privilege for the few.

And according to the research, it is costing the Australian economy billions of dollars a year.

Travelling costs alone could be $109 million a week.

The research shows that even those employers that offer flexible working are not 100% supportive of the practice itself.

While 81 per cent of businesses say they offer flexible work practices, 83 per cent saw a reason why they should not embrace these practices.

When it comes to flexible working these Australian employers tend to talk the talk but do not walk the walk, Citrix says.

With 56 per cent of Australian's not currently able to work from home, but 72 per cent wanting the opportunity, there is a clear disparity.

Would you work harder and longer from home?

This poll ended on 25 November 2015.

Current Results

Definitely. I would save time travelling

77%

No. I need supervision

12%

If I had good communications yes

3%

Depends on the benefits to me

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"We know that giving workers more flexibility to carry out their roles makes them happier, more productive and more loyal to their employer,'' Citrix's Lindsay Brown said.

"Yet we're still a long way from reaching this tipping point," the Regional Director Mobility Apps, Citrix APAC added.

"The harsh reality is the majority of organisations do not trust their employees to be as productive at home as they do in the office, even though the economic and social benefits offers a compelling argument that we can no longer ignore."

 

Key findings of the research include:

  • 60% of respondents from QLD would be willing to work more hours if they could work from home, compared to 50% of respondents in SA and 56% in NSW.
  • 31% of respondents in QLD would be willing to work an extra 7-8 hours a week if it meant they could work from home, compared to just 9% respondents in NSW.
  • 42% respondents in VIC already work from home occasionally, compared to just 31% of respondents in QLD.
  • 56 per cent of Australian's not currently able to work from home, but 72 per cent wanting the opportunity
  • While 67% of government workers say they are offered flexible hours (as long as they complete 35 hours a week), only 19% say they occasionally work from home.
  • 48% percent of managers work from home occasionally while 65 percent of people who earn more than $130,000 per year regularly work from home.
  • Workers stated they spend 51.4 minutes per day (nine full days a year) commuting time, which they would spend some of working if they worked from home
  • 73% of people aged 55 to 69 would work more hours and stay in the workforce longer if flexible options are available
  • 46% of managers mentioned a technology solutions would be a major help to embracing flexible working

The research conducted by Galaxy surveyed 1,024 office workers across Australia.

Citrix says there are range of affordable solutions for businesses including from document sharing applications to teleconferencing software, tablets and smartphones.



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