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Workers keen to work from home

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/04/2016

WORK FROM HOME © Ken Wramton via Getty Images WORK FROM HOME A majority of New Zealanders don't want to make the trek to the office every day, as flexible work arrangements become increasingly important to maintaining a quality workforce.

At least seven in 10 people want to work remotely, or telecommute, in a part-time capacity according to an annual survey compiled by human resource company, Randstad.

Meanwhile, more than 50 per cent of the 7017 Kiwis polled prefer variable work schedules.

Randstad New Zealand manager Brien Keegan says the latest research indicates that the classic 9am to 5pm workday is long gone with employee flexibility becoming an increasingly attractive trait for prospective employees.

"Flexible working options clearly appeals to most New Zealand workers," he said.

"Employers should leverage this opportunity and take advantage of technology to offer employees the opportunity to telecommute, and investigate other ways employees can work flexibly."

This week the Ministry of Justice announced it's getting rid of 202 jobs and creating more than 100 new ones over the next 13 months with the positions to be based from home instead of an office.

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