According to communications regulator’s new research, half of the workforce of Australia works away from office through internet for a few hours every week and are quite satisfied to do so.
From the estimated 5.6 Million digital workers, most of them spend a minimum of one day or less each week working remotely. This suggests that many workers are squeezing more work while travelling or into their home life.
The research was conducted by the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) to help understand how habit of technology is transforming the services of communication in the country. It classifies ‘digital workers’ as people who use the internet for business after working hours or those with teleworking arrangements.
Joseph Di Gregorio, Manager of Communications and Analysis Section at ACMA, said if people are working outside the office, it highlights the rising levels of satisfaction and prominence of internet services.
He said workers are using mobile technologies and if it is shifting from just data and voice communications to accessing actual content services and using technology for work, it is shifting into an important service element.
The survey found that tertiary educated people are most prone to being digital employees and that a little more men (specifically, 53%) worked remotely compared to women.
While most of the employees complain about the expectation to be available to contact all the time, 53% of the survey respondents said working remotely has no negatives. However, others did mention reduced access to communications and colleagues. The largest benefits were an opportunity to be extra productive, flexibility, reducing commuting times and a better work-life balance.
Mr. Di Gregorio said that people are becoming acclimatized to do work outside the usual hours. Now, everyone does it, and work is not separate to the daily personal lives anymore.
The authority also found that employees mostly used their own equipment, either a smartphone or laptop, and 81% worked remotely from home. A small percentage used an internet library or café and nearly 30% worked while travelling.
Guy Sendy-Smithers, architectural firm Billard Leece Partnership’s Associate director, said he worked from home to finish projects or check emails, especially if it avoids staying at the office late at night.