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Exploring the Changing Nature of Work in Australia

March 13, 2011 - 9 Comments

Last week, Cisco Australia hosted a roundtable of experts to explore the learnings from “The Connected World” – a global report which involved surveys of 2,600 workers in 13 countries – as it applied to Australia. 

Hosted by Les Williamson the Vice President of Cisco Australia and New Zealand, the expert panelists offered different points of view on the topic of creating a more flexible working environment.  The panelists included:

  • Kate Lundy. Senator for the Australian Capital Territory, on the topic of the digital divide and the impact to Australia:
  • Ross Dawson, chair of think-tank Future Exploration Network, on the topic of workplace of the future
  • Fernanda Afonso, National Chair for the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Organisational Psychology, on improving productivity in the workplace
  • Jacob Murray-White, Head of Salmat’s Customer Solutions At Home Programme, on providing a business case for a flexible work program

With the premise that the technology required to create a more flexible working environment, the panellists explored the cultural, business process, and governance aspects that need to be addressed in order to enable the workplace of the future. 

Topics discussed include:

  • The Australian National Broadband Network (NBN) will increase the advantages of employees working from home for many businesses.
  • Australia’s multicultural workforce is an asset, particularly in an ever increasingly connected world
  • While technology advances have been made that support teleworking, it’s important to remember that we’re social human beings and we need to feel connected to a broader community and how to accomplish this is changing (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)

Check out the FlipVideo from the roundtable.


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  1. Broadband technology has already changed my world and life more than I could have imagined some years ago. Today I can work from home in Germany, run websites in the US, and sell products around the globe without even leaving my house. Thanks for sharing this outlook to the nearer future. Greetings from Frankfurt/Germany

  2. Great news as a Sydney sider glad to hear!!!

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  4. Very cool stuff! I visited there back in college and absolutely loved the culture.

  5. Thats great news. Specially that Im moving there.

  6. Great Post, encouraging since my employer is considering moving me to Brisbane on a sponsored basis

  7. It's amazing how big the National Broadband Networks are becoming. This is truly is the future.

  8. Nice to see cisco thinking of the future as usual great post interesting video

  9. great news.. I wonder how the how the changing of work in the future will be...