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18 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 9, 2013. CLASSIFIEDS 8944 9999 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 9 -N O V -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 1 8 C O L O R : K Call: 8944 9999 | Online: ntnews.com.au | Fax: 8981 8999 Youneed to think about it as a sales pitch and have a proactive approach, he says. Youneed to demonstrate that you are going to be able to put out the sameamount ofworkor be evenmore efficient. Think about it from the perspective of your boss. JacquelineLehmann, the Australianheadof flexible workplace providerRegus, says regardless of the obstacles, technological innovation means teleworkinghas a bright future. Aglobal report from the organisation found45 per cent ofAustralianorganisations used video communication betweenmanagers and remote employees. TarynWilliams is a former modelwhohasmastered the art of balancingher timeat the deskwithworkoutside. Although she is tempted to spendmore thanher allocated three days in the office, shehas learned to appreciate the value ofmeeting people face-to-face. Williams carries an iPhone and iPad to getmost tasks done but if shehas to be out of the office for a dayormore orwork interstate, she brings the laptop. It doesntmatter if Imat the airport or cafe if Ive got my iPador laptop, ImOK. Once I start to get intowork at a cafe, its pretty hard to distractme. And the caffeine helps aswell. ADeloitte survey found 73 per cent ofworkerswould take up telework if a position becameavailable. But their enthusiasmhasnot always been matchedby their bosses. Employers most notably Yahoohave raised concerns that havingworkers out of the office stifles innovation and lowers productivity. Yahoo brought its teleworkers back to the office. Problems also occur if a worker is called by their boss when they are out of their homeoffice, such asmaking a trip to the supermarket or a recreation activity. Shepherd says anybody thinking about asking for a teleworking arrangement needs to think it through first. if it is not immediately necessary, to ensure their coworkers still knowwho they are. He says teleworking is generally better suited to senior workerswhohave established connections andknowhow theirmanagerswork. Younger people still climbing the career laddermay find their progress is hindered by the out of sight, out ofmind factor. Randstad groupdirector Steve Shepherd says there is a basic lack of humanity in working remotely and social interaction is something that needs to be replaced at home. By teleworking, you lose out on the sort of knowledge yougain through conversations and interactionswith others at work, he says. BOSSESare starting tomeet their employees demands to spendmore timeworking outside the office but the impetus still is onworkers to gain their employers trust to be able to do so. About 6per cent ofworkers, or 650,000Australians, have a teleworking arrangementwith their employer,DeloitteAccess Economics figures show. Theproportionhas remained steady since 2006, while theFederalGovernment last year set a target of 12 per cent teleworking by 2020. Workplace experts predict the increase in part-time, contract andprojectwork, alongwith the quickeningpace of technology,will increase the proportion in coming years. SavvyHRmanagingdirector CraigMcFaddenbelieves teleworking is a great perk of themodernworkplace but warns it can result in a loss of influence for theworker if not handled correctly. Workout the preferred working style of your peers and thedirect linemanager, he says. Findout how that manager likes to gather information, organise themselves and relate to others, so .... you are able to tailor things like communication and information and reports. McFadden says itmayhelp someworkers tomake theodd appearance in the office, even INSIDE TODAY FOR MORE JOBS LOOK ONLINE AT 100Os MORE JOBS GREEN SKILLS GIVE THE ADVANTAGE CV TEMPLATES APPLY ONLINE JOBS ALERTS PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO WORK FROM HOME AUSTRALIA 6.4% NSW 6.0% VIC 6.5% QLD 7.6% SA 6.1% Hot desking allows the employee to work from a remote location part of the time and from the main office for the remainder. Hoteling is similar to hot desking but employees must reserve a space ahead of time. Telework centres are facilities providing workstations and other office facilities that employees from several organisations can use. Collaborative offices (working from home) are virtual work environments in which employees can work cooperatively from different locations using a computer network. Source: Deloitte Access Economics, 2011 FOUR TYPES OF TELEWORK LAYING DOWN LAWAT HOME TWO days of teleworking and three days in the office helps Finlaysons partner Andrea Melillo juggle her work and home life and not being in the office full time has not held her career back. Melillo has worked to this arrangement for the past nine years and it was a condition the law firm agreed to when it hired her last year. Her employer supplies her phone and iPad so she can connect to the network and access all she needs to work at home. Its the combination of being there for my children at least two days a week and being able to connect with clients if I need to and keep the ball rolling when Im not in the office, she says. Finlaysons managing part ner David Martin says it makes good business sense to find ways to reduce absenteeism and improve retention rates. EASY ON THE i: Modelling agent Taryn Williams, right, with model Tamika Wilson, often works outside the office using her tablet or laptop. It doesnt matter if Im at the airport or cafe if Ive got my iPad or laptop, Im OK We find somepeople in the recruitment industrywhowork remotely like to come into the office every so often to get that social interaction,which is important to us as human beings. In the office you see howother peoplework and how theydealwith problems. There can also be a lackof technical support and a blurring of the lines between work and life,which should be sorted earlywith themanager. Remote control How to make teleworking work for you: Ben Pike reports P IC T U R E : N IC G IB S O N 65% OF TELEWORKERS BELIEVE THEY WORK LONGER HOURS 64% OF TELEWORKERS ARE PROFESSIONALS OR MANAGERS 47% OF MATURE-AGE STAFF WORK OUT OF THE OFFICE
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