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Extreme Weather Renews Need for Work From Home Options

Heavy rain, flooding and fires has renewed work from home options as employees want to avoid lengthy delays and accidents on their way to work


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Heavy rain, flooding and fires has renewed work from home options as employees want to avoid lengthy delays and accidents on their way to work (http://www.balancingaustralia.com.au/natural-disasters-renew-working-from-home-options).

Work life balance expert, Mandy Brasser said that many workers aren’t taking advantage of working from home and risk unnecessary travel in hazardous conditions.

“Most Australians have a fairly long commute, but in wet conditions, this makes it a lot longer and dangerous,” said Ms. Brasser. “There is a higher risk for accidents and spending precious time stuck in stand-still traffic isn’t fun for anyone.”

About 39 per cent of Australian workers who travel to the same work location (excluding work from home) spend more than 60 minutes per day commuting to work according to ABS 2010 statistics.

“Adding heavy rain and flooding to an already long commute, can cause increased frustration and stress before workers even reach the office,” Ms. Brasser said. “Staff are in a good position right now to request to work from home and save time commuting, particularly in severe weather circumstances.”

Ms. Brasser said in order for Australian workers to gain more support from their employers during extreme weather events, they need to:

  1. Speak with their Manager about working from home
  2. Establish how they can perform their job at home (e.g. IT access, telephone access etc.)
  3. Understand who needs to be notified that they will not be in the office
  4. Determine how long they will be working from home for considering the weather circumstances

Ms. Brasser said www.balancingaustralia.com.au provides a range of practical work life balance information, including how-to articles.

For more information on working from home during extreme weather events, check out the full article at http://www.balancingaustralia.com.au/natural-disasters-renew-working-from-home-options/.

About Mandy Brasser

Mandy Brasser is the Founder and Director of Balancing Australia – a national website helping workers achieve work life balance www.balancingaustralia.com.au . Mandy has 9 years of human resources experience.



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