'Teleworking' may be the secret to boosting morale
BUSINESSES should be looking to "teleworking" to help recruit staff and boost morale, KPMG chief economist Nicki Hutley told an online forum.
Ms Hutley told the forum the practise of teleworking, made possible with the rise of cloud computing and remote internet connections, was an essential part of "lifting Australia's economic prospects".
She said the actual participation in the workforce had detracted from growth rates in the past 20 years, but creating flexible, mobile jobs could help businesses improve their attractiveness to candidates.
"We've known for some time about the benefits of teleworking," said Ms Hutley.
"These include improved capacity to recruit and retain staff, reduced absenteeism, reduced commuting costs and associated environmental savings and overall better work-life balance.
"However, teleworking also enables greater participation by older workers and those with disabilities."
Analysis by KPMG found older workers - aged 55 to 64 years old - and those with physical disabilities could also be boosted through more flexible approaches from employers.
"Teleworking provides people with a disability the opportunity to engage in the workforce while still having the necessary equipment, therapy, support and care," Ms Hutley said.
"It also means they can progress their careers."
Ms Hutley said teleworking was also a major advantage for regional areas of the country, as long as the "right infrastructure technology" was available.
"There are people looking to leave the 'rat race' of the city and move to regional areas where they feel they'd have a better quality of life," she said.
"If business and government continue to adopt the right technology infrastructure, like cloud technology for example, the burden on our cities and urban areas can be eased."