Looking to the future of work
08 November 2022
New research suggests employees will see changes in their workplace as companies begin to future-proof their businesses.
The recently released Future of Work Report1 conducted by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), aims to help business owners plan for future work trends and impacts. The report is based on survey findings from more than 500 businesses across Queensland on topics ranging from superannuation to work-life health and wellbeing.
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Australian Retirement Trust supported the Future of Work Report and provided critical insight into trends expected to influence Queensland businesses long-term. Australian Retirement Trust is the superannuation fund created through the merger of QSuper and Sunsuper to become one of Australia’s largest super funds taking care of over $200 billion in retirement savings for more than two million members.
Regarding super, more than half of the business owners surveyed (55%) agreed that ethical investing had become increasingly important.
The report also found:
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The Future of Work Report also found that workplace mental health and wellbeing was a high priority for business owners.
More than 70% of those surveyed said supporting employee mental health and wellbeing was their top work-life concern, with more than a third (37%) of businesses expecting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace to have a significant to critical impact on their business.
While many businesses are already implementing mental health support in their operating models, ongoing, accessible mental health support was needed across all business sizes, industries and regions in Queensland, the report stated.
A recent study from PwC Australia, What Workers Want,2 revealed that it’s become more common for employees to consider work as a source of social support with:
- More than one-third of Australian workers (37%) considering their employer as their main source of mental health support, and
- Nearly a quarter of workers (22%) valuing employer support for their wellbeing above all other factors.
The study also showed employees now expected their employers to provide workplace mental health and wellbeing support with initiatives such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), social opportunities and financial wellbeing programs.
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1. Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, The Future of Work Report, accessed 28 October 2022 at cciq.com.au
2. Price Waterhouse Coopers, What workers want, accessed 28 October 2022 at pwc.com.au
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