New research by HR leader Randstad suggests that Australian employers are the least open to flexible working arrangements compared to employers in other countries in the Asia Pacific region.
According to Randstad’s latest World of Work Report, 79 per cent of Aussie employees are unable to work remotely in their current position. This compares to 59 per cent of Chinese employees, 62 per cent of Indian employees, 64 per cent of Malaysian employees, and 65 per cent of employees in Hong Kong and New Zealand, who are unable to work remotely.
While the Federal Government continues to encourage Aussie businesses to improve their flexible working options with initiatives such as National Telework Week, Randstad’s research suggests 40 per cent of employees still rate their current employer’s efforts in creating and adopting flexible work options as “average” or “poor”.
The findings also show Australians are craving a more flexible approach to work, with most stating their ideal working arrangement would involve spending 70 per cent of their hours in the office, and 30 per cent working remotely.
Randstad Group Director Steve Shepherd said flexible working options need to become more of a focus for senior management and HR decision-makers in Australia to improve employee engagement, boost performance and productivity, and foster loyalty.
“It’s clear Australian workers are calling out for more innovative and flexible working practices, and it’s disappointing to see Australia lagging behind much of the region when it comes to implementing these practices,” Shepherd said. “With flexible working arrangements and a good work life blend becoming more important to people, businesses which continue to overlook this could find themselves losing their top talent.
“There are many ways organisations can be more flexible with their workforce, such as staggering start and finish times; hiring employees on a part-time basis; but mostly, it’s just about business leaders being supportive when staff have personal commitments or need flexibility in the way they work.”