A few years ago, I decided to ditch working the corporate life, in favour of freelancing. There were a number of factors in that decision. Things like not enjoying my job, wanting to know if I could make it on my own and freedom to pursue passion projects and spend more time with my kids. The cost of that was the reassurance of a steady pay-packet each month. Telsyte’s Australian Digital Workplace Study 2017 suggests more than half of Aussie workers would trade cash for more flexible work arrangements.
The research came to me via nbnCo. Naturally, they have a vested interest in getting us to work from home as it helps them sell their mission of faster internet for all – within the constraints of the multi-technology mantra.
Modern workplaces and employment options have changed significantly. When my parents arrived in Australia in the 1950s, my dad got a job at the PMG, the forebear of today’s Telstra. He worked there until his retirement almost 40 years later. On the other hand, I changed jobs several times in the 20 years I was in the full-time workforce before going freelance.
While one of those job shifts was financially driven, the others were all about satisfaction and life balance – I even took a paycut along the way.
Would you trade part of your salary for workplace flexibility? Is a day working from home worth real money to you?