After a successful inaugural National Telework Week last year, we find ourselves at that time of year again. This week (November 18-22) is the second National Telework Week in Australia, where workers across Australia are implored to engage in flexible working wherever possible – be it from home, from a café, from a satellite office or from a client’s office. To mark the occasion, Cisco is teaming with Telstra, the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society (IBES), the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the Australian Industry Group (AIG) and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to host the second annual Telework Congress in Melbourne today.
The Telework Congress promises to be an excellent event with a blockbuster program. Headlining the event is The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Communications, who delivered the opening keynote earlier this morning via video. Other interesting speakers include: Cindy Auten, GM of the Mobile Work Exchange from Washington DC (via TelePresence) and Peter Wilson, Chairman, Australian Human Resources Institute and many more. Cisco’s Martin Stewart-Weeks will be leading a session on “Telework Leadership and Management”.
Recently, Cisco launched Trans Tasman Telework research from AUT University’s NZ Work Research Institute and Melbourne University’s University of Melbourne’s Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society. One of the key themes to come out of the survey of around 1,900 managers and employees is that the main barriers to efficient and mainstream teleworking is not technology, but people, process and policy. In line with these findings, this year’s telework congress is focussing on the theme of management and leadership to support telework. Please see an infographic below highlighting the key findings. You’ll also find it here at Flickr, feel free to share it, we only ask that you please source Cisco.
Consistent with the mission to improve policy and process around teleworking, Logicalis and Cisco yesterday announced developing “A Guide to Teleworking Technologies”. The free ebook is intended for business managers, HR strategists and non-IT types and explains the role that technology plays in enabling productive teleworking, the essential needs of teleworkers beyond broadband, the various options that exist and the fundamentals of delivering tomorrow’s workplace via a flexible working strategy.
To download the free e-book, follow this link: A guide to teleworking technologies