Teleworking @ Unimelb
By Ben Loveridge (Learning Environments)
Until recently, Teleworking has been a seldom discussed and little understood topic at the University. However, technology improvements coupled with the increased recognition of flexible work arrangements have meant it is rare to find a staff member nowadays who hasn’t checked their email outside of the office.
Given the rise of these flexible work locations, the second annual Telework Congress was held at The University of Melbourne on 19th November 2013 and focussed on the theme of management and leadership to support telework.
Although there is currently no mention of ‘Telework’ on the HR site, it’s well worth reading the documentation relating to ‘flexible work arrangements’ at the University. The Australian Government 2013 Telework Kit is a great place to start for those wishing to explore the topic further. Also listed below are some technology options available to assist collaboration to occur more efficiently.
In 2012 IBES (Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society released a report on Telework, Productivity and Wellbeing which found telework is a viable alternative to face-to-face work that can yield productive outcomes for both employers and employees.
- Department of Communications: Telework YouTube Playlist
- Telework Congress – Presentations and Audio recordings
- Australian Government – Tools for successful teleworking
- IBES Report – Telework, Productivity and Wellbeing
University of Melbourne Human Resources
Collaboration tool how-to guides
- Using Skype for meetings, job interviews or special events
- Using AvayaLive Engage for collaboration in a 3D immersive virtual space
- Running virtual tutorial sessions in Adobe Connect
Other technology tools that assist the teleworking process
- Accessing the University of Melbourne network off-campus (VPN)
- AARNet Cloudstor – A web service for easily and securely sending and receiving large files
- Dropbox – File backup, sync and sharing solution
- Google Drive – File storage and synchronization service
Feel free to comment on any teleworking tips, stories or challenges that you have faced in your area!