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New Zealand's first Telework Week 'gathers momentum'

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Staff from some of New Zealand’s leading businesses, councils and other organisations will be working away from the office next month, when they take part in New Zealand’s inaugural Telework Week.

NZ Telework Week was announced by Communications and Information Technology Minister, Amy Adams in September 2012 and will run from 12 - 16 November. It aims to highlight the benefits associated with teleworking and to encourage New Zealand workplaces to give teleworking a go.

The growing list of participants includes Auckland Council, Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, Canterbury Development Corporation, Chorus, Datalight Limited, Dunedin Digital Office, Clean Technology Centre, Enable, Nga Pu Waea, Priority One, Wanganui District Council, Wellington Regional Council, and Ultrafast Fibre.

Organisers of NZ Telework Week are delighted with the level of interest the week is generating and expect even more businesses to sign up in the coming weeks.

To get involved, participants simply need to commit to use technology to work away from their normal office environment for one or more days during Telework Week. Those wanting to be part of the week can find information at including how to officially register via the online calculator on the site.

"Work styles are changing," says Geoff Lawrie, Country Manager Cisco Systems. "Teleworking provides quantifiable business benefits that address many of the current workplace issues facing organisations coping with need for greater mobility, flexibility, cost control and sustainability."

For Vodafone’s CEO Russell Stanners, the week is about driving a change in mindset. "We know a lot of employers offer flexible working. Teleworking is a step beyond that; it’s a true commitment to operating the workplace of the future."

Employment Law specialist at Kensington Swan, Michael O’Brien comments, "Clients are increasingly seeing the opportunities flexible working arrangements present, including the ability to attract and retain quality talent. It also reflects the theme of the proposed expansion of Flexible Working arrangements under the Employment Relations Act. There are important legal issues to address in terms of a mobile and flexible workforce but sound advice in this area will enable an employer to properly manage and control these arrangements and reap the benefits."

New Zealand’s Telework Week has been developed as a partnership between Cisco, Datacom, Kensington Swan, NZICT and Vodafone with the support of Crown Fibre Holdings.

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