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Hybrid teleworkers more productive

A survey has confirmed a trend that many workers will be familiar with already – hybrid teleworking can make employees more productive and also happier in their work.

The findings come from a Trans-Tasman survey,* conducted by the University of Melbourne in Australia and AUT University in Auckland who surveyed more than 1,800 employees.

Among the surveys key findings were that the companies with hybrid teleworkers – those that are working from home two days a week – are far more productive than their colleagues who are not. In fact, these workers recorded 12 percent higher productivity than their fellow employees who spent all week at the office.

Employees are also responding well to the opportunities that come from remote work. As a result, 73 per cent of workers responded that they find teleworking fits with their working habits.

Professor Tim Bentley, director of AUT University's NZ Work Research Institute, highlighted the value that these working arrangements would bring for staff. 

"While the research has shown us that productivity among teleworkers is rated significantly higher on a range of measures by 'hybrid teleworkers', we have also found that organisations could benefit even further by undertaking more cost-benefit analysis of their teleworking arrangements," said Prof Bentley. 

While this survey points to the clear benefits that employers and employees receive as a result of telework, the survey also uncovered a gap in the training that workers receive. Less than half of those surveyed responded that they have received an occupational health and safety induction to cover work they conduct outside of the office.

A majority of managers also indicated that they want more training in order to handle their responsibilities towards remote workers.

For companies that want to maximise the benefits that come from remote work, it is important that they take the time to understand the risks and opportunities associated with this move. To help with this process, WorkPro has published a free e-book to help companies make the most of teleworking.

*Trans-Tasman Telework Survey, University of Melbourne and AUT University, commissioned by Cisco Systems, released October 2013.

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