The new work environment for remote workers is changing, says a new report.
The report by the University of Melbourne’s Workplace Research Centre (WRRC) says that, while the number of people working remotely has grown, there is still room for improvement.
Remote work, the study says, has become a lucrative career choice for many, with the average annual income of a remote worker in Australia set to double by 2020.
The WRRC report says that while the work environment has changed in recent years, there are still some fundamental barriers to remote work, such as:The study also says that many workers are not paid for the work they do, meaning that their skills are often not utilised.
Remote workers are often forced to work from home or from temporary accommodation, often in remote locations such as remote camps or bushfires.
This could affect the physical and psychological health of the workers.
The study says that the use of physical restraints, physical violence, and physical abuse of workers by supervisors is a common occurrence.
It also highlights the need for greater awareness of the need to monitor workers, to develop policies that protect workers, and to develop a workplace culture that encourages safe working conditions.
Read the report.