Six in 10 SMEs allow staff to work from home: Report
The report, conducted by Telstra and analyst firm IDC, shows that 65% of SMEs have at least one member of staff who spends the majority of his or her time outside the office.
More than a third of the 500 small firms surveyed have the majority of staff working outside the office. Three quarters of those polled have provided laptops for staff, with a further 55% distributing smartphones for work use.
Deena Shiff, Telstra Business group managing director, says that the lines between home and office are “increasingly blurred”.
“Usually we’re talking about fast-growing start-ups playing a vital role in our economy,” she says. “They are using the internet to target their products and services to a global market.”
“Other research we have run has shown they are often run by women who have set up their own businesses to conveniently re-enter the workforce or to escape corporate life.”
“Similarly, we’re seeing people setting up regional-based businesses as they seek a sea-change or tree-change escape.”