Managing in a Flexible Work Environment - White Paper

Staff working permanently or part-time from home or an off-site location is an unavoidable way of the future which must be embraced.

That's the message from Australian Institute of Queensland - Qld & NT Chief Executive Officer Vivienne Anthon FAIM following this week's release of the 2012 Managing in a Flexible Work Environment White Paper. The paper was produced in partnership by AIM NSW & ACT and AIM Qld & NT as a contribution to provoking thought on management issues.

One of the most telling findings in the paper is how the ageing population is beginning to act as a driver for workplace flexibility. Teleworking or telecommuting, which is working from home or off-site either full or part-time consistently ranked as one of the top two or three factors in engaging older workers.

Ms Anthon said there were both positives and negatives for employers who were prepared to embrace teleworking but she said it was an inevitable way of productive workplaces in the future.

"Flexibility is absolutely an essential part of the workplace," Ms Anthon said. "It is not for all of the people all of the time and there are some roles which are impossible to be done from home or outside the office. Firstly, the employer must ensure the person understands the inner-workings and culture of the office so they can work productively offsite. I am certain it is the way of the future but not before there is some rigorous infrastructure and protocols in place."

The White Paper was released to coincide with National Telework Week.

Watch AIM Qld & NT CEO Vivienne Anthon on Channel 10's The Project speaking on breaking the stigma of working from home. (Story begins at 00:55)


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