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Work-from-home trend to create health and safety issues, expert warns

Malcolm Sutton (ABC News)

With office vacancies increasing and a major bank advertising more than 100 work-from-home (WFH) positions, an expert is warning that a health and safety minefield is looming for employers who have chosen to ditch the office.

National Australia Bank last week started advertising 150 remote call centre positions in South Australia, which Personal Bank executive director Kieren Perkins said represented a change from recruiting to its main offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

Mr Perkins said there were "swings and roundabouts" from a business perspective for working remotely because despite reduced office costs NAB still had to supply home office equipment and there were increased costs to train and support remote staff.

"From an employee perspective, there's no real difference," the Olympic gold medallist told ABC Radio Adelaide.


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