Almost half of New Zealand's small and medium enterprises have employees working outside the office, according to MYOB's regular business monitor report.
The report, surveying more than 1000 businesses--from sole-traders to companies with 200 employees--shows that 28 percent of SMEs have teleworkers operating at least part of the time from home. Another 18 percent said their employees work mainly from home.
Organisations whose employees worked mostly from a location other than business premises were 43 percent more likely to have seen a revenue rise in the past year than those without remote workers, according to MYOB. .
New Zealand businesses trail their Australian counterparts in supporting teleworkers, MYOB states in a release. Fifty-seven percent of Australian business have full- or part-time teleworkers, though MYOB states only 24 percent of those would be likely to see revenue rise in the past year.
“When looking at businesses whose revenue fell, 29 percent of the [New Zealand] SMEs without teleworkers saw a decline, versus 23 percent of those whose staff teleworked most of the time," MYOB general manager James Scollay says in the statement. "These trends speak volumes as to why empowering employees to work outside the traditional confines of an office is becoming increasingly prevalent."
These benefits can improved employee satisfaction and IT performance, travel savings and increased productivity, according to the statement.
“Technology is a key enabler of teleworking and nowadays you don’t need to spend much money upfront to get started," Scollay says.
Not surprisingly, the larger-sized SMEs are more likely to have teleworkers than the smallest businesses (76 percent versus 48 percent). Busineses in metropolitan areas are far more likely to have teleworkers than their rural counterparts, with the highest rate being in Auckland (53 percent).