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21.09.2019

Remember how telecommuting was going to revolutionise the way we work?

Well, so far its been a bit of a fizzer.

Just 4.1 per cent of non-farm employees worked from home the day the census was last taken in August 2016, only marginally higher than in 2006.

The Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, which has tracked a representative sample of 5000 households since 2001, tells a similar story.

It shows around a quarter of employees regularly worked from home in 2017 (for 11 hours a week on average) but that proportion hasn't changed much since the survey began.

Telecommuting ban: former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.Credit:AP

In 2013, the then chief executive of tech firm Yahoo!, Marissa Maya, famously banned staff from working at home.

People are “more collaborative and innovative when they’re together”, she said at the time. “Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”

Employees seem to like the social interaction at work and some fear their careers will suffer if they stay away from the office.

Studies have also drawn attention to the isolation some teleworkers experience, especially if they work from home a lot.

But there are signs telecommuting is finally gaining more traction in Australia.

A study by Swinburne University of........

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