For decades, professionals around the world were resigned to joining the rat race and commuting to the office each day, with managers believing in their employees’ productivity only if they saw them chained to their desks from 9 to 5.
As technology has developed, however, employers have come to accept that the nature of work is now increasingly mobile and that deals can be closed on the road, at a café, or while working from home; according to a 2015 report from the ABS, around 3.5 million Australians now work from home on a regular basis.
With businesses now increasingly understanding the possibilities and benefits of having employees work outside the office, those living – or looking to live – in regional Australia are taking advantage.
The arrival of high-speed internet access has brought an unprecedented level of connectivity to regional areas across the globe, and in turn helped level the playing field for regional professionals, allowing them to both enjoy the lifestyle and cost benefits of living in the country, and develop their careers without having to endure the city rat race.
A number of regional centres across Australia have seen their populations develop as access to internet connectivity grows.
According to a report from the ABS, the 2015-16 financial year saw the regional population of NSW grow by 0.8 percent; while Victoria too saw strong growth of 1.1 percent in regional areas, bringing its total of non-metropolitan residents to almost 1.5 million.
These numbers will continue to grow as more organisations shift to these regions; the Federal Government, for example, is leading a push for the decentralisation of various government departments and public sector jobs from Canberra and other metro cities to regional areas.
However, much of the growth in the regions is also coming from individuals themselves. According the RAI, many are returning to the regions in their late 20s to early 40s, after having been lured by the bright lights and opportunities of the big cities in their late teens to early 20s.
With many ‘Returners’, as the RAI calls them, having gone to university or started their careers in the city, the organisation believes they are important to the future, as they can offer many communities access to skills and experiences they could not usually access.
For some, this means working remotely for metro-based – or even international – enterprises, with new tools springing up to help connect regional professionals to job opportunities, and in turn help businesses manage their productivity.
One of the strongest arguments for incorporating remote workers into your workplace routine is all the research that points to major increases in productivity. A lot of companies are discovering that their remote teams not only get more done, they are willing to go the extra mile in exchange for the privilege of working from wherever they wish. One recent study found that 53 percent of remote employees say they are willing to work overtime, compared to only 28 percent of on-site employees.
Empowering workers to engage in remote work saves both the company and employees a significant amount of money. As for companies, savings come in the form of less money spent on office real estate, furniture, janitorial services, electricity, and other overhead costs. Additionally, one of the benefits of remote workers is that companies are able to reduce spending on the purchase and maintenance of technology.
A major benefit of a remote workforce is that it allows your company to breeze through cold and flu season with significantly less absences. After all, when you’re telecommuting via video conference, you don’t have to hold your breath whenever anyone on your team coughs or sneezes because there’s zero chance of people spreading germs to one another.
Easier Access to Top Talent
Hiring only talent in your geographical area greatly limits your options, which is why so many HR managers are using video conferencing to find top talent outside of the company commuting radius. When you are open to employing remote workers, you open your company up to the opportunity to have the best and the brightest join your team for much less than you would spend to hire someone in-house.
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