Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work

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Opdateret
15 februar 2017
Udgivet
15 februar 2017
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Executive summary in 22 languages

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New information and communications technologies have revolutionised work and life in the 21st century. The constant connectivity enabled by these devices allows work to be performed at any time and from almost anywhere. This joint report by the ILO and Eurofound synthesises the findings of national studies from 15 countries, plus the European Working Conditions Survey, to consider the effects of telework and ICT-mobile work (T/ICTM) on the world of work. The report shows that this work arrangement is growing in most countries. Positive effects of T/ICTM usually include a shortening of commuting time, greater working time autonomy, better overall work–life balance, and higher productivity. At the same time, disadvantages include its tendency to lengthen working hours, to create interference between work and personal life, and to result in work intensification, which can lead to high levels of stress with negative consequences for workers’ health and well-being. The ambiguous and even contradictory effects of T/ICTM on working conditions represent a current, real-world example about the challenges of the future of work. A range of policy suggestions to improve T/ICTM are made on the basis of the findings.

  • Full report

    Number of Pages: 
    80
    Reference No: 
    EF1658
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1569-0
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-06-16-316-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/372726
    Catalogue info

    Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work

    New information and communications technologies have revolutionised work and life in the 21st century. The constant connectivity enabled by these devices allows work to be performed at any time and from almost anywhere. This joint report by the ILO and Eurofound synthesises the findings of national studies from 15 countries, plus the European Working Conditions Survey, to consider the effects of telework and ICT-mobile work (T/ICTM) on the world of work.

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    Cite this publication as: 
    Eurofound and the International Labour Office (2017), Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, and the International Labour Office, Geneva. http://eurofound.link/ef1658
  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF16581
    Catalogue info

    Arbejde når som helst og hvor som helst og virkningerne heraf på arbejdslivet

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Nye informations- og kommunikationsteknologier har revolutioneret tilværelsen og arbejdslivet i det 21. århundrede. Den konstante opkobling, som disse anordninger muliggør, tillader, at man arbejder når som helst og næsten hvor som helst.  Denne fælles rapport udarbejdet af ILO og Eurofound sammenfatter konklusionerne fra nationale undersøgelser fra 15 lande foruden den europæiske undersøgelse af arbejdsvilkår for at gennemgå virkningerne af telearbejde og IKT-baseret mobilt arbejde (T/IKTM-arbejde) for arbejdslivet. Rapporten viser, at denne arbejdsform breder sig i de fleste lande. Blandt dens positive virkninger kan nævnes mindre transporttid, større selvbestemmelse over arbejdstiden, bedre overordnet balance mellem arbejdsliv og privatliv og højere produktivitet. Samtidig nævnes ulemper som længere arbejdstid, overlapning mellem arbejdsliv og privatliv og en højere arbejdsintensitet, som kan føre til et højere stressniveau – med negative følger for arbejdstagernes sundhed og trivsel. De tvetydige og endda selvmodsigende virkninger af T/IKTM-arbejde for arbejdsvilkårene illustrerer den aktuelle status på udfordringerne for fremtidens arbejdsliv. På grundlag af konklusionerne stilles en række politiske forslag til forbedring af T/IKTM-arbejde.

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Part of the series

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    ​Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the 2015 EWCS. The survey was first carried out in 1991.

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

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