Many Australian firms do not provide tools for flexible work options

Close to half of CEOs say they do not allow employees to work varied hours

Many enterprises in Australia do not have the technology to support flexible work options, according to a survey by Pure Profile on behalf of workforce management firm Kronos.

The survey of 500 CEOs and 2,000 employees in industries such as healthcare, retail and manufacturing finds that close to three-quarters of enterprises do not use shift scheduling or rostering applications to manage their workforce, according to a report on the survey by CIO Asia.

Close to half of CEOs said they do not allow employees to work varied hours and 40 percent did not supporting shift/roster work.

A majority of CEOs said that they did not supporting flexible working because of fear that it will cause disruption to the work environment. Other reasons for not supporting flexible work options included complex work policies and cost to business.

"By not accommodating more flexible options, employers in Australia are missing out on an opportunity to retain human capital and organisational knowledge," says Peter Harte, Kronos Asia Pacific vice president.

Harte said he finds it "shocking" that many Australian companies fail to meet staff expectations for flexible working conditions, the report notes.

Other surveys have found that Australian enterprises are conflicted when it comes to BYOD. A survey of 250 Australian IT professionals conducted last year by Telsyte found that less than half of Australian firms supported BYOD. At the same time, a survey of 100 Australian firms by IDC found that a majority of respondents were planning to adopt BYOD.

For more:
- read the CIO Asia report

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