She said a key question her research would be asking was, “we've been talking about this since the 1970s so why isn't it [teleworking] business as usual?”.
NBN Co chief Mike Quigley said he had previously employed software developers who worked from home and were “immensely productive”, in some cases 10 or 20 times more productive than average.
“There's some jobs that don't lend themselves to teleworking but there's a lot of jobs that do”, said Quigley, adding many workers mixed it up spending some time at home and some time at work. While that flexibility was “pretty powerful” there had to be a level of trust between the employee and employer.
He could not say how many NBN Co workers worked from home but a formal policy was in place so that “if somebody is going to telework somebody from our HR department goes out, has a look at where they're going to be working from” to see whether the appropriate conditions were in place.
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