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Teleworking is becoming an Australian working phenomenon. The Australian Government is supporting teleworking and by 2020, the level of telework in Australia would have doubled so at least 12 per cent of employees will have formal telework arrangements.
According to Tania Evans, General Manager at WorkPro—Australia’s leading web based employee screening, training and induction solutions platform— “The emergence of mobile and cloud technologies has redefined the traditional office or workplace. This transformation means that businesses need to address a range of regulatory and compliance obligation challenges; not least of all is how to keep workers safe in this new world of working.”
The NBN says “getting more Australians working from home will have great benefits for employees and employers alike. International evidence and experience shows that telework can deliver a broad range of benefits to individuals, employers and society as a whole. Telework is a shift in the way we do business that can make a big difference over time.”
In spite of our changing working dynamics, many companies and businesses are not aware that Work Health and Safety (WHS) Legislation applies to all types of work and workplaces, including those who work away from the traditional office.
With the maximum penalty under the model WHS Act for a corporation ranging from $500,000 for a category 3 offence to $3,000,000 for a category 1 offence, organisations are required to be aware of their obligations to mitigate risks and comply with current legislative requirements.
Although teleworking requires the implementation of clear strategies and policies to cater for these emerging working arrangements, teleworking provides many benefits to both employers and employees alike.
Benefits for Employers:
• Reductions in operational costs
• Increased 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
Benefits for Employees
• 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
Workpro has launched the new ‘working alone, isolated work and remote work’ ebook to assist organisations to meet compliance and keep workers safe from harm. This ebook provides an understanding of what constitutes ‘remote and isolated work’, a legislative overview and how the risk can be managed within your workplace.
Media contact: Christine Filippis, Mendleson Communication: ph (03) 9421 6520, email email@example.com
WorkPro is a web-based employment screening solution. The system represents best-practice in the mitigation of workplace risk, getting candidates work-ready and providing an auditable track-record of key compliance processes.
With more than 600 clients, WorkPro centralises key compliance-related processes including a library of work health and safety inductions, instant national police check service, an integrated visa check and licence/ticket management facility.
WorkPro was launched in early 2007. It has since been adopted as the Industry Standard in Australia and New Zealand. Close to 600,000 individuals have registered and completed WorkPro and the database is growing by over 10,000 per month.