Mobile phone industry welcomes telework report

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomed the findings of the telework report released today on the role of mobile phones in the work/family balance.

The report, Telework for Australian employees and businesses: Maximising the economic and social benefits of flexible working practices, found that mobile phones have helped workers to undertake home-based and remote work.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said the report’s findings that mobile phones were helping to facilitate increased workforce participation through greater access and connectivity were of great interest to the industry.

“We welcome this report and our industry is partnering the Australian National University in a major new research project into the contribution of mobiles to the work/life balance,” he said.

“The pervasive use of mobile devices in communities and enterprises has dramatically altered lifestyle, communication patterns and productivity, yet there is no systematic collection of quantitative and qualitative information from these changes. The project with ANU is set to change that.”

AMTA is partnering a team of distinguished sociologists, headed by Professor Judy Wajcman of the Australian National University. The three-year project, The Impact of the Mobile Phone on the Work/Life Balance, will study the role of mobiles in how work and family activities are negotiated and organised.

 

For more information contact Randal Markey, Manager, Communications, (02) 6239 6555 or 0421 240 550