With many regular workplaces shut down to 'flatten the curve' of COVID-19, millions of Australians are now shifting their work to home and there are a range of resources to help them adapt and cope.
BPW QuickBites held a webinar on Working from Home and Working Online that can be accessed online.
Toni Courtney has produced a quick reference guide for virtual meetings that will be useful for BPW clubs running zoom meetings.
And the Centre for Future Work has released a briefing paper that surveys the scope of home work, considers its impacts on economic and gender inequality, and proposes several policy recommendations to make working from home safer and fairer. They found that women are more likely to be able to work from home than men, due to women’s over-representation in the professional and administrative occupations (who can work from home), compared to men’s over-representation among labourers, drivers and trades (who can’t).
Not all jobs that can be done from home are well-compensated. Some call centre and routine clerical jobs have been organised around home work for years. Employers have used these arrangements to facilitate low-wage work by workers (mostly women) who appreciate the flexibility of working from home for balancing work and family responsibilities - to save costs for office set-up and equipment.One silver lining from this crisis is that it may spark a re-examination of the longstanding discrimination experienced by women workers with caring responsibilities.