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Will working from home become the “new normal” in the public sector?
journal contributionposted on 2021-03-22, 22:13 authored by Sue Williamson, Linda ColleyLinda Colley, Sally Hanna-Osborne
The COVID-19 pandemic compelled large sections of the workforce out of their workplaces and into their homes to work. Many commentators suggest that this has forever changed how and where we work. This article analyses how Australia’s biggest employers – state and federal governments – approached the transitions to working from home, and back into regular workplaces. It considers the timing of policy responses to the pandemic as one indicator of resistance to, or acceptance of, widespread working from home. The article also demonstrates previous resistance to working from home for public servants, and questions widespread conjecture that it will become the “new normal”.
Number of Pages7
External Author AffiliationsUNSW Canberra
JournalAustralian Journal of Public Administration