Australians are craving more flexible working options: report

Australian employers are the least open to flexible working arrangements of anyone in the Asia Pacific region, with 79% of local workers saying they are unable to work remotely in their current position.

This compares to 59% of Chinese workers, 62% of Indian, 64% of Malaysian and 65% of workers in Hong Kong and New Zealand, who are unable to work remotely.

While the Federal Government continues to encourage local businesses to improve their flexible working options with initiatives such as National Telework Week, the latest World of Work Report by recruitment and HR specialists, Randstad, shows 40% of employees still rate their current employer’s efforts in creating and adopting flexible work options as average or poor.

The findings also show Australians are craving a more flexible approach to work, with most stating their ideal working arrangement would involve spending 70% of their hours in the office, and 30% working remotely.

Steve Shepherd, Group Director of specialist recruitment and HR solutions provider Randstad, says flexible working options need to become more of a focus for senior management and HR decision-makers in Australia to improve employee engagement, boost performance and productivity and foster loyalty. Read the report findings