Friday 4 December, 2020

West: Work from home is here to stay

Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation, Allyson West.

Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation, Allyson West.

Minister of Public Administration and Digital Transformation, Allyson West believes that while it took COVID-19 to force openness to working from home, the mechanism is likely here to stay. 

Speaking on the 2021 budget in the Senate this morning, West said the government is working on a Remote Work Policy that could help the new normal become permanent. 

“The work-from-home is here to stay and I think it’s something that should be encouraged, it has had a positive impact on our families. 

“We at the Ministry will work with the Minister of Labour to develop a National Remote Work Policy,” she said.  

Senator West explained that in addition to the obvious benefit of families being able to spend more time together, working from home has also brought on many other benefits. 

“The level of pollution has disappeared and so on because there’s less traffic on the road, less use of paper and less travel generally and that has had a positive impact on the environment,” she said. 

Working from home could hurt the environment, too. West said that they’ll be working with another Ministry to ensure that proper measures are put in place to avoid jumping from one problem to another. 

 

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