Atlassian is just one of the many companies capitalising on rising worker demands for more flexible working arrangements. According to a study by the International Workplace Group (IWG) almost 50 half of Australian employees work remotely for at least half of the week while more than two-thirds work at least one a day a week outside the office.
However, what’s interesting about Atlassian’s new remote working initiative is that the impetus for the program doesn’t seem to be primarily driven by a desire for greater work-life balance for employees, but rather stems from an effort to tap into a bigger pool of tech talent.
The company has realised that the provision of remote working options is a highly effective way to attract and retain top tech talent, particularly at a time when housing affordability and living costs in metropolitan locations have become an increasing concern for many Australians living in urban areas. Meanwhile, according to joint research by Deloitte and the Australian Computer Society, an extra 200,000 technology workers are needed in the next five years to ensure Australia's place as a world leader in the digital economy,
Highlighting the growing interest in such ways of working, Atlassian has revealed that it receives a quarter more applications for remote working positions than for those based in an office.
Atlassian should be recognised for it's efforts to keep talent and innovation within Australia while many other companies continue to look offshore as their first point of call to fill the tech talent shortfall.
"But access to talent is the big driver," he said. "We've already found [the opportunity for remote working] useful in retaining people who have wanted to move back to Melbourne or wherever, and a very helpful carrot in importing talent. It's not about reducing growth in Sydney, it's about increasing growth in Australia."