Return-to-Office Mandates

This U.S. based research examined the determinants and consequences of return-to-office (RTO) mandates of 500 firms. It found those implementing RTO mandates weren’t any more successful than those who maintained hybrid working practices, and were more likely to be implemented in firms with poor recent performance and powerful male CEOs, with a significant reduction in employee ratings for job satisfaction, work-life balance and perception of senior management. Mandates didn't seem to have any impact on profitability or business performance.

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Employee preferences for working from home in Australia (2023)

Recent research of 1,113 workers from Australia’s 17 largest urban areas suggests employers of knowledge economy workers might be able to attract and retain high-quality staff who are willing to forgo $12,000 to $24,000 of their annual salary to work from home some of the time. However, many workers are wary of their career prospects if they stayed at home, with 55% of workers placing no value on remote work.

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Hybrid & Flexible Working Practices in Australian Workplaces in 2023

This report reveals more organisations are calling for employees to return to their workspace for at least 3 days per week, but employers remain open to continuing to have a remote option, using different types of flexible work. Technology will continue to have a big role in enabling remote work, with benefits of successful hybrid work including staff retention, attraction and work-life balance.

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A case for an extended unpaid carer leave entitlement? Inquiry report (2023)

This report looks at the potential economic and social impacts of adding an entitlement to extended unpaid carer leave to the National Employment Standards. The report concludes that other policies – especially better access to flexible work – would make a bigger difference for more carers.

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Wellbeing Insights Paper: Hybrid Working

Is flexible working all it's cracked up to be? This free Eek & Sense Insights paper on hybrid work answers three key questions: How do employees want to work? What are the perceived benefits of flexible working? What are the evidence-based risks of flexible working? They also discuss the science behind balancing employee happiness with company connection - and how to address it.

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2023 State of the Future of Work Report 

This Report by the University of Melbourne focuses on the on-going impact of COVID-19 on work futures, and how Australian workers are faring into the COVID-19 recovery. They identified 4 critical work themes - unsafe workplaces, work is making some people unwell, job uncertainty linked to technology and opportunities via flexible work practices.

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The Senate Select Committee on Work and Care Final Report (2023)

The Senate Committee on Work and Care has recommended the Federal Government conduct a four-day work week trial, along with adding an enforceable ‘right to disconnect’ to the Fair Work Act, and providing a much more generous paid parental leave to Australian families. In its long-awaited final report, the Committee issued 23 recommendations which if implemented, could reframe how employers and regulators approach child care, parental leave, superannuation entitlements, and even the shape of the gig economy.

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Working from home during the COVID 19 pandemic: a longitudinal examination of employees’ sense of community & social support & impacts on self-rated health (2023)

A recently published longitudinal Australia study Working from home (WFH) during COVID showed that a sense of community and social support in the workplace are important determinants of employees' health, and workplace strategies to improve a sense of community whilst WFH (use of online platforms to improve communication, bonding, networking) and social support are required for all employees as hybrid work arrangements become more common.

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HILDA (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) Survey

The recent HILDA (Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) Survey revealed the proportion of workers working from home (WFH) is unlikely to reverse. This has increased in most industries and jumped from 6% pre-Covid to 24% by 2021. the survey suggests WFH boosted job satisfaction more so for women, especially those trying to juggle childcare, home duties and paid employment.

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