ZDNet Hangout: Bringing telework into your business

ZDNet Hangout: Bringing telework into your business

Summary: In this ZDNet Google Hangout, we examine what needs to be done to drive business uptake of teleworking practices.

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TOPICS: Telework
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Do you work remotely? ZDNet held a Google Hangout with industry experts on how businesses and government can adopt teleworking practices.

ZDNet's Josh Taylor hosted an exclusive panel discussion using Google Hangout, and was joined by a panel of experts, including:

  • Abul Rizvi, deputy secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

  • Jeanne DeWitt, JAPAC head of SMB sales, Google

  • Andrew Griffiths, Australia's number one small business author

  • Michael Fox, CEO, Shoes of Prey

  • Dr Yvette Blount, Telework researcher, Macquarie University.

The discussion looked at what the government is doing to encourage businesses to take up teleworking, what technology is required, how small businesses can get onboard, and what sort of organisations and people are best suited to teleworking.

National Telework Week is being held this week by the Australian government in partnership with 138 organisations from a variety of industries. Its purpose is to encourage as many employers and employees as possible to trial teleworking.

The federal government is promoting the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) as a key driver for the uptake of teleworking across the country.

Topic: Telework

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  • Telework

    Since joining a small software company, HQ out of the US, Telework is a 24x7 occurrence being the 3rd employee in Australia. We all work from home.
    Working for high tech campanies for nearly 20 years telework is just part of the culture. Corporate, Enterprise SMB and Govt should have this as part of if culture, procedures sooner rather than later. Its ready now has been for ages, dont have to wait for NBN Co. but I suspect this is why DBCDE is making a big song and dance about it this week.
    Troy Andrew
  • Telework

    Re: Its ready now has been for ages, dont have to wait for NBN Co. but I suspect this is why DBCDE is making a big song and dance about it this week. ~ I could not agree more Troy!
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    Labor has written in a letter of reply that Internet Essential Utility
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gecoPKImiEZ8k1mqn2pVjiX-vXtM6GqfXM-bL_pa-Z8/edit?pli=1
    My IT job in the regions starts today if DBCDE were genuine
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B__CBjpENAFNS05iYjFmS1N4T1k/edit?pli=1
    Labor: Be the Change Sustainability Project
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IkE8FmdKVRdFmzeVgoOE1LHFdf9HTjijjxQpyenpNzs/edit?pli=1

    Gary Looney (Menindee. NSW. 2879)
    Gary Looney
  • Telework limiting discussion and opportunity

    I am disappointed that an online career is politically labelled NBN.
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    The deterrents are necessity, access, equipment costs or ignorance of need.
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    NBN is a long way off and to not encourage or educate with current infrastructure will result in less connections and cost effectiveness on arrival.
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    Australia hasn’t an older generation of experience so we do need to get this population online and ready to increase NBN productivity and investment return.
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    My thoughts are getting people with no experience to a level of confidence for basic online use, through short 30min or 1Hr introduction modules of choice based on user requirements.
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    1/Google search and Email
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    2/Social Media Use
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    3/Banking and Introductory to basic Security
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    ETC.
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    Talking to Older Australians about course experiences, the biggest problem is that most training is for work place entry and not specific to the uptake revolution required.

    Gary Looney (Menindee. NSW. 2879)
    Gary Looney