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TIME magazine believes that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may just have triggered the biggest ‘work from home experiment’ that the world has ever seen.  The World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) are now asking organisations to consider ‘social containment’ strategies, so while working from home was seen as a ‘flexible’ arrangement or a ‘privilege’, it has fast become a necessity.

The Coronavirus may have brought some urgency to the work from home (WFH) discussion, but in Australia it has been on the rise for quite some time. Technological advancement, the gig economy and globalisation have been big players in the push for remote workforces and many organisations have been successfully operating with mobile workforces for years.

Studies have found that remote working not only reduces commuting time, but it also enhances productivity, staff retention, job satisfaction and even creativity.  

So, whilst there is no doubt that the Coronavirus is a global challenge, perhaps this is just the push that some employers needed to venture into a new style of leadership. Maybe it is time that instead of viewing it as ‘flexibly working’, we focus on just consider it ‘working’.

Ai Group is continually publishing new resources for employers regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have now released a dedicated Coronavirus COVID-19 Advice and Resources webpage with resources to ensure employers stay up-to-date with the latest information and advice. Additionally, our Resource Centre is producing and updating a range of templates for your use with a comprehensive list of these COVID-19 Resources available here. For further assistance please contact our Workplace Advice Line on 1300 55 66 77.

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