Digital age

Webinar: Flexible working in the digital age - Is everyone a winner? 

Thu, 13/06/2019
Thu, 13/06/2019

On 13 June 2019 from 15.00 – 16.30 CET, Eurofound will host a webinar on Flexible working in the digital age – Is everyone a winner? to discuss its latest research findings on the growing number of ICT-based mobile workers, or workers who are not tied to a particular work location as they use a tablet, laptop or phone to connect the company network via Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). 

Moderated by Irene Mandl, Head of the Employment Unit at Eurofound, this 90-minute webinar will bring together practitioners and policymakers to illustrate experiences and share innovative approaches aimed at addressing issues arising from this employment form. It will be an opportunity to hear from those on the ground and to explore the advantages and disadvantages of telework/ICT-based mobile work for employees, employers and the self-employed.

Oscar Vargas Llave, Research Officer at Eurofound, will present fresh findings and a panel discussion will delve deeper into this largely demand-driven employment form, pointing to the many advantages for both workers and employers and some of the downsides. If everyone is to be a winner, it is critical that safety nets are in place. 

Examples of new developments will include legal initiatives such as the French right to disconnect (le droit à la déconnexion), safeguarding the health and well-being of workers, work intensification and increase in work-life conflicts for self-employed workers.

This webinar is aimed at all workers in Europe affected by or interested in flexible digital work arrangements, including the social partners, EU institutions and national government representatives, as well as academics and civil society.

By registering for this webinar, attendees will be able to take part in the live Q&A session and send in questions and reactions via the live chat.

Draft programme - CET

15.00 - 15.05 Welcome and opening Moderator: Irene Mandl, Head of Employment Unit, Eurofound
15.05 – 16.25

Panel debate: Innovative approaches and emerging solutions for digital forms of work

• Oscar Vargas Llave, Research Officer, Working Life Unit, Eurofound

• Emmanuelle Brun, Senior Project Manager, EU-OSHA

• Anne-Marie Nicot, ANACT, France

• Sabina Martinez, self-employed ICT mobile worker, Spain

• Q&A and discussion from the floor and remotely

16.25 – 16.30 Closing session Irene Mandl, Head of Employment Unit, Eurofound


Irene Mandl is Head of the Employment Unit at Eurofound. She is mainly involved in research on labour market developments (including new forms of work and employment, digitalisation, restructuring and related public policy approaches) and topics at the intersection of employment and entrepreneurship (such as job-creation, workplace practices, small and medium-sized enterprises, business start-ups and scale-ups and internationalisation). Before joining Eurofound, she worked in policy-oriented socioeconomic research in Austria in the fields of employment and the labour market, as well as entrepreneurship and industry analysis. She holds Master’s degrees in international business administration and in business and law.
Oscar Vargas Llave is a research officer in the Working Life unit at Eurofound and manages projects on working conditions and related policies. He specialises in topics related to the organisation of working time, health and well-being, and ageing issues. He is also interested in social and occupational inequalities. His current activities include research related to digitalisation and working conditions. Before joining Eurofound in December 2009, he worked as project coordinator in the field of health and safety and was responsible for the professional card scheme for the construction sector in Spain at the non-profit Fundación Laboral de la Construcción in Madrid. He has a background in industrial sociology, holds a Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Cardiff and has a Master’s Degree in Health and Safety from the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Emmanuelle Brun manages foresight work on new and emerging challenges to occupational safety and health (OSH) at EU-OSHA, where she has worked since 2004. With others, she was responsible for four expert forecasts on emerging physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial risks to OSH and has been coordinating EU-OSHA’s activities related to nanomaterials, green jobs, alert and sentinel systems for the identification of work-related diseases and (since 2016) digitalisation. She started her career in environmental chemistry at Rhône-Poulenc in North Carolina, (US) and moved to the German Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of German Social Accident Insurance (IFA) in 2001. She holds an MSc. in Chemistry.
Anne-Marie Nicot is research manager in the department of Studies and Prospective at the French National Agency for the Improvement of Working Conditions (Anact, Agence Nationale pour l’Amélioration des Conditions de Travail), a tripartite body of the French Labour Ministry. She is mainly involved in studies on the impact of new forms of organizations (platforms, public sector reforms, cooperative economic ecosystems) on the working conditions, with a special focus on health issues. She holds a PhD in Economics.
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