Wow, wow, wow, I just came across an amazing video on the government’s telework.gov.au website in support of telework and it’s impact on regional Australia. It tells the story of how engineering firm Organise Internet, located in NSW’s central coast region, utilises teleworking to get the most out of their surroundings. Check it out below
I don’t know about you, but the most staggering fact that came out of this was that 40,000 people uproot themselves from this district each day and undertake up to a 4 hour return journey to get to a physical place of work in either Sydney or Newcastle. 4 hours is astonishing to me! I know this must be a necessity for these people (because no one is doing this for fun right), but what a colosal waste of time, money and resources.
As David Abrahams, founder of Organise Internet intimated, imagine if even a small percentage of these people teleworked even one day a week, the savings and benefits would be enormous. How enormous you ask? Well just check out the infographic below compiled by Splashtop, creators of a movement encouraging American’s to work from home on Fridays. The numbers are staggering.
While these are American statistics, don’t think the benefits of teleworking are any less awesome for Australians and with the Federal Government having set a target to have 12% of the public sector teleworking by 2020, it’s clear they think so too. Using the NBN to facilitate this change, we’re sure to see more and more teleworking opportunities on offer from both the public and private sectors in the near future.
Would teleworking be beneficial to your situation? We’d love to hear from you if you think it would be your ticket back to the workforce.