Coronavirus: New normal as workers home in on remoteness
Venture Insights was quoted in The Australian on its behavioural change survey commisioned by NBN.
The survey found that two in three Australians working from home expect to spend more time in their home office or at the dining room table after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. And 81 per cent say their work/life balance has improved as a result of the enforced lockdown. The survey also finds more than half those working from home had created a new or dedicated office space.
Venture Insights MD Nigel Pugh said "As working habits have changed over the past several weeks, many preconceptions about the viability of long-term remote working seem to have shifted. For many Australians, this change in routine has given them the freedom to embrace greater work/life flexibility. In light of this, it’s not surprising that two-thirds of respondents who worked from home are interested in maintaining their new ways of working, even after restrictions are lifted."
Broadband traffic during business hours through the NBN has increased 70 per cent since the COVID-19 crisis began on March 1, and more than four in five of those surveyed said they could not have managed in their job without access to fast broadband.
“The way Australians use the internet to work, learn new skills and connect with their family, friends and colleagues has been transformed, and we expect that many of these new behaviours are here to stay,” NBN Co chief customer officer Brad Whitcomb said.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the survey results were evidence of the importance of rolling out a reliable fast broadband platform across Australia. “The immense challenges presented by COVID-19 have prompted businesses and their people to become more flexible, adaptable and innovative in how they go about their work,” he said.
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