Work is not a place

When I joined IBM in 1981 the hit song was “My baby takes the morning train.  He works from 9 to 5 and then he takes the train back home again…”

Thank goodness work isn’t like that anymore!

Work is not a place.  It’s not time bound. It is all about mobility and connectedness, anywhere on the globe.

Sensis’ 2007 survey of teleworking reveals that just 22 per cent of Australian businesses have employees that teleworked. Positively, in terms of business performance, SMEs that had teleworking employees reported significantly higher levels of confidence than those that did not embrace teleworking. Apart from business confidence, teleworking businesses also performed higher in other performance indicators, most notably sales and profitability.

However, this figure must increase.  The use of flexible working arrangements and telecommuting provide opportunities for increasing participation of women in the workforce, governments growing productivity and communities reducing their carbon footprint as fewer cars hit the road and large buildings burn lights and air conditioning plants.


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