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

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15 Febrero 2017
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15 Febrero 2017
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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

    Trabajar en cualquier momento y en cualquier lugar: consecuencias en el ámbito laboral

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Las nuevas tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones han revolucionado el trabajo y la vida cotidianos en el siglo XXI. La conectividad constante que ofrecen estos dispositivos permite que el trabajo se ejerza en cualquier momento y desde casi cualquier lugar. Este informe conjunto de la OIT y Eurofound sintetiza las conclusiones de los estudios nacionales realizados en 15 países, complementadas por los datos de la Encuesta europea sobre las condiciones de trabajo, a propósito del análisis de los efectos del teletrabajo y el trabajo mediante TIC o tecnologías móviles (T/TICM) en el ámbito laboral. El informe indica que este régimen de trabajo está experimentado un auge en la mayoría de los países. Entre sus efectos positivos cabe incluir una reducción de los tiempos de desplazamiento, una mayor autonomía en cuanto al tiempo de trabajo, una mejor conciliación de la vida laboral con la personal en general y un aumento de la productividad. Asimismo entre los inconvenientes declarados cabe incluir la tendencia a trabajar más horas, la superposición entre el trabajo remunerado y la vida personal y la intensificación del trabajo, que acarrea consecuencias negativas para la salud y el bienestar de los trabajadores Los efectos ambiguos e incluso contradictorios del T/TICM en las condiciones de trabajo ilustran la situación actual y cotidiana en lo que respecta a los problemas que se plantean en relación con el futuro del trabajo. A partir de estas conclusiones se formula una serie de recomendaciones políticas para la mejora del T/TICM.

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Part of the series

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