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Monday 19 July 2021

Don't make me travel: Australians adapt to working from home

Many Australians would elect to work from home rather than take a pay rise that would enable them to travel, a survey has found. 

Logitech, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of video collaboration technology, revealed that 42% of Australians would rather work from home than get a pay increase. 

The survey was conducted throughout the country with some surprising results.

 “I think it’s incredible that people would choose to work from home as much as they’d like, rather than take a salary increase," says Sean Byrne, head of B2B ANZ for Logitech. 

"It really demonstrates how Australians have taken to the new challenges of home offices and the importance of flexibility over money."


Many people have developed new hobbies during the Covid period and a whopping 40% of  Aussies surveyed have become more active. 

“While lockdowns make people want to leave the house and exercise, it’s fantastic that so many people are walking, running and riding bikes for the first time," Byrne said. 

"Many people are also taking up arts and crafts too, such as photography, learning a new language, drawing and even knitting."


More than half of the people surveyed said their company hadn’t invested in technology to make video conferencing more effective at their homes for staff. But 52% of respondents felt they could be more productive with new technology.


“It’s far more than just headsets and webcams that can help productivity, but specialised conference room products for small to large teams, that help with inclusivity, increased clarity and ultimately a better video experience”, said Byrne.


Most people surveyed (64%) agreed that video conferencing saved travel time for work and client meetings and that allowed for a greater work life balance (44%).


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