Regional & Rural Telework

 

The remoteness of Australia's regions practically begs a digital workplace.

Fortunately the rollout of fast broadband throughout regional Australia offers a wealth of opportunity to harness a largely untapped skills-base by supporting workers preferred location and lifestyles. Farmers, Miners and other regional occupations need to have digital management tools for the transfer of data associated with their industries. WebPublisher Studio makes this business model feasible for smaller enterprise as well as large companies.

Retaining existing staff who may prefer the less congested environment to raise their children, or as a "tree-change" attractive to older, pre-retirement workers, becomes possible. The advent of regional data centres (such as IBM in Ballarat) offers one means for including regional workers in the digital economy, but much more can be done to engage small and medium sized business in Telework.

Although the National Broadband Network promises super-fast internet connections in the future there is no need to wait. The main strength of WebPublisher Studio is its capacity to operate in constrained bandwidth environments using the internet we already have.

  - Useful Links -  
 

>Future of Regions

>Retaining Regional Lawyers

>University of Wisconsin Study

>Outsourcing Employees

>Telework Australia (News)

 
     
  Regional/Rural considerations  
 
  • There are untapped skills that could be translated into productive employment through teleworking.
  • Integrating branch offices or establishing small data-processing centres may be more cost effective.
  • Having a distributed work-force in regional/rural locations can double as a disaster recovery strategy using cloud technologies.

Teleworkers operating from remote locations need not suffer an inferior work experience

  • Overcome the tyranny of distance with social networking technologies that maintain interpersonal contact
    (eg. Skype, Google Apps).
  • Scheduling periodic "in-office" events to ensure that teleworkers have some rapport with other staff.
  • Ensure that remote workers have adequate resources to avoid frustration
    (eg. slow ADSL, inadequate access to enterprise data etc.)