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Workers have bosses over a barrel on work-from-home

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Workers and employers still can’t find broad agreement on whether they should work from home or not, according to a report from the Melbourne Institute.

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Its latest “Taking the pulse of the Nation” report has been exploring the effects of Covid-19 and the emergence of working from home.

The results showed that 88 per cent would like to work from home at least part of the time and 60 per cent would like a hybrid version.

The institute said the current labour shortage meant employers had little power because workers could easily leave and find a more willing boss somewhere else.

Despite the popularity among workers for the flexibility, about half said their employer was unlikely to agree.

And 38 per cent of workers said they wanted to spend more time working from home than their employer permitted.

The survey found women were more likely to want more time at home.

The report said women were 25 per cent more likely than men to have the option available.

While some jobs required workers to be on site, like construction and retail, 61 per cent of workers said they had work tasks that could easily be performed at home.

“This improves the likelihood that workers and employers could negotiate on where a worker performs their job,” the institute’s report said.

“Over one third of workers would like to spend more time working from home than their employer would permit.

“Conversely, the disagreement goes the opposite way as well. About a third of workers wanted to spend more hours in the office, even when their employer would let them work those hours from home.”

The survey found the strength of the work from home cohort had been consistent since early 2021.

 

 

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