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Remote Working - Australia's Bundy Clock Culture - Part 3

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

What countries are moving away from the 'Bundy Clock Culture'? What factors are involved and what can Australian businesses learn from other countries? In this article we take a look at what is happening in other countries.


In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, increased security protocols and road closures exacerbated severe traffic congestion in the New York area and around the Pentagon. This meant the displacement of many workers. Since this time, remote working has been recognised and promoted by the United States Federal Government as an important tool for continuing government operations during times of natural disaster or national emergency. Section 359 of Public Law 106-346 (FY 2001 Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act), states that:

"Each executive agency shall establish a policy under which eligible employees of the agency may participate in telecommuting to the maximum extent possible without diminishing employee performance"

Since 2001, the United States Office of Personnel Management has had statutory responsibility for reporting to Congress on the progress towards remote working implementation and major remote working promotional activities in United States federal agencies. The United States Federal Government has also invested significantly in initiatives to promote telework and assist organisations to meet statutory telework obligations.

Other Countries

Outside the United States, studies of telework in Britain, Finland, Canada and Singapore are indicative of the worldwide interest in this topic. Much like in the United States, a variety of economic, social, legislative and environmental factors provide the motivation for implementing telework programs in these countries. The modernisation of employment law has encouraged greater flexibility in work and working hours.

What about Australia?

In Australia, studies have consistently shown that teleworking is on the increase. There have been predictions that teleworking will gather greater momentum as new technologies become more integrated. Several contributing factors have supported the growth of teleworking, such as changes to legislation, access to broadband and affordable web based tools. Much of recent literature indicates that Generation Y workers have contributed to this growth and that telework will become a necessity for attraction and retention of these workers as they value flexibility in working arrangements.

While the Australian environment is believed by many to be ideally suited to telecommuting arrangements, Australian organisations have been slow to embrace this work arrangement. This despite an online survey by Citrix, a software company specialising in online networks and virtualisation, reporting the use of mobile devices to telework is most popular in Australia. This technology enables individuals to "take their office wherever they are, anytime, anywhere". Furthermore, Australia is the largest consumer of web conferencing services in the Asia Pacific region, followed by Japan and China. Web conferencing allows participants to screen share information, for example, presentations, graphs reports whilst also having visual and audio contact.

Australian trends

A survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) found that in the three months to October 2001, an estimated 244,700, or 8% of employed people in NSW undertook telework of some kind. Of this group, approximately 38% were aged between 35 to 44 years of age.

The survey found that although a large majority (74%) of teleworking employees worked in the private sector, a greater proportion of public sector employees teleworked compared to the private sector. Public sector employees were also more likely to work for home only after business hours.

In November 2008, the ABS indicated that there was a 7.4% increase in the people who work from home across Australia between 2005 and 2008. The sample group included people working in both the public and private sector and included sole traders. In this study, workers who exclusively worked from home were found to be mostly women aged between 35-44 years. A significant proportion of these women worked less than 35 hours a week and had children in their family younger than 15 years.

These statistics indicate that the flexibility of teleworking allows many women to engage in the work force whilst maintaining child caring responsibilities. People who worked from home and at another location were mostly aged 65 years of age and over. This may suggest that teleworking may assist recruiting and retaining mature workers.

In our next article we will look at common themes and findings in the by Organisations in Private and Public Service that are moving away from the 'Bundy Clock Culture'.

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