Remote Work Supports Parents And People With Disabilities

More parents, people with a disability or a health condition, and carers have joined the workforce.

The data found by CEDA research suggests this is all because of the new remote work trend. 

The survey data found workforce participation in jobs with work from home jumped by 8.5% for women with young children.

There was also a 6% increase for people with a disability or health condition from 2019 to 2022.

These groups now also work from home at similar rates to other workers.

“This is a win for workers, employers, and the economy,” CEDA Chief Economist Cassandra Winzar said.

“Embedding these gains even when the jobs market inevitably softens should be a priority.”

Implementing these changes make both remote and in-office work more effective.

What is the best way to make WFH arrangements work? Clarifying performance expectations, formalizing mentoring, and developing communication skills.

These were findings by CEDA Senior Economist Melissa Wilson and Economist James Brooks.

They form part of the Economic and Policy Outlook (EPO) 2024. This report looks at the key issues likely to drive economic and policy outcomes this year.


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