Nearly four in five Australians working from home suffered from burnout last year

Original article by Matt Johnson
The New Daily – Page: Online : 15-Jan-21

An international study undertaken on behalf of work management app Asana has found that 77 per cent of Australians and New Zealanders experienced burnout while working from home in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This compares with 71 per cent of respondents globally. The study also found that working from home resulted in more employees putting in longer hours, yet productivity was negatively affected. Jim Stanford from the Centre for Future Work contends that working from home is not sustainable.


CBA push to get half of staff back in office

Original article by James Frost, James Fernyhough, Tom Burton, Hannah Wootton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 7-Jan-21

The Commonwealth Bank is hoping to have 50 per cent of its Sydney and Melbourne staff back working in their offices by mid-January. However, with recent COVID-19 outbreaks in both cities, a company spokeswoman noted it is monitoring the situation and will adhere to guidance from the Victorian and New South Wales governments. The Victorian government has delayed by a week its proposed timetable for a return by workers to Melbourne’s CBD, while it has again made it mandatory to wear masks inside, including for office work. A Telstra spokesman says it will encourage its staff to continue to work from home if they can, while Melbourne-headquartered Medibank does not intend to open its office until February.


Union takes Tax Office bosses to Federal Court in work from home row

Original article by Noel Towell
The Age – Page: Online : 9-Dec-20

The Australian Services Union has commenced legal action against senior executives at the Australian Taxation Office. The ASU alleges that the executives – including Commissioner of Taxation Chris Jordan – were in breach of workplace laws and the ATO’s enterprise agreement, which includes working at home provisions. The union claims that ATO staff who had been working from home due to the pandemic were ordered to return to their offices without the required notice period when the federal government announced stimulus measures such as the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme.


Unions push for better protections as 80% of employees say they want to keep working from home

Original article by Paul Karp
The Guardian Australia – Page: Online : 4-Nov-20

The ACTU proposes to adopt a charter of rights about working from home. The charter covers issues such as a safe working environment and the right to be compensated for all hours worked from home. Meanwhile, the ACTU has released a survey of 10,000 workers which found that 81 per cent want to keep working from home if they have sufficient support from their employer. Some 47% of respondents said they are more productive at home, while 49 per cent reported experiencing a mental health issue due to working from home.


Working at home becomes flexible

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 1-Sep-20

Fair Work Commission president Iain Ross says the growth in telecommuting has been one of the most significant changes to working arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic. He notes that the majority of modern industrial awards do not expressly include provision for working from home. Ross has released a model flexibility schedule that could potentially be inserted in some awards. Amongst other things, employees would be able to ask to work the same hours over fewer days, ‘buy’ additional leave or take twice as much leave at half-pay. Meanwhile, casual workers would be able to request flexible working arrangements after six months of ‘regular and systematic’ employment.


Hard to switch off work for many Australians working from home

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 6-May-20

A majority of employed Australians who do at least some work from home, whether paid or unpaid ‘find it difficult to switch off from work’, according to new research conducted by Roy Morgan in the lead-up to COVID-19 forced shutdowns. Over 10.5 million working Australians (68%) report being forced into an employment change because of COVID-19 and a large number have been forced to ‘work from home’. Some 52% of those who do at least some paid work from home, and 55% who do some unpaid work from home say they ‘find it difficult to switch off from work’. However, only 39% of all employed Australians ‘find it difficult to switch off from work’, as do only 35% of Australians who do no work from home. The self-employed are somewhere between, with those who do some work from home (43%) more likely than those who do no work from home (38%) to agree they ‘find it difficult to switch off from work’. These findings come from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, Australia’s most comprehensive and trusted consumer survey.


Retail, Transport and Manufacturing are the industries least likely to offer working from home

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 18-Mar-20

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has forced many employers to consider encouraging, or even forcing, their employees to work from home to reduce the possibility of the virus spreading around the community; however, this is not possible for all jobs. The latest in-depth employment data from Roy Morgan shows that 71% of employed Australians do no work from home, down by only 1% from a decade ago. In contrast, 29% of workers do undertake some work from home, up from 28%. Until this year, and the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, these figures have barely changed in the last 10 years. Importantly, there are several industries for which working from home is simply not an option for all employees. Over three-quarters of employees in the Retail (87%), Transport and Storage (82%), Manufacturing (82%) and Recreation and Personal (77%) do no work from home. There are two industries for which ‘doing some work from home’ is reported by almost half of the workforce including Finance, Property and Business Services (49% have done at least some work from home) and Communications (44%).


Remote control: 1 in 5 now log in when out-of-office

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 7-Sep-15

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 20 per cent of Australian full-time workers aged 14+ accessed their work network remotely during an average four-week period in the year to June 2015. The survey also shows that 18 per cent of full-time workers use a computer to remotely access the work network, seven per cent use a mobile phone and three per cent use a tablet to do so in an average four weeks. Meanwhile, 11 per cent of full-time workers do some unpaid work from home, but this rises to 22 per cent in the case of people who access the work network remotely. Roy Morgan Research CEO Michele Levine says online work networks can be mutually beneficial to employers and employees, but the full impacts on workplace relations and productivity are yet to be realised.