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

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15 Febbraio 2017
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15 Febbraio 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

    Lavorare in qualsiasi momento, ovunque e i suoi effetti sul mondo del lavoro

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Le nuove tecnologie dell’informazione e della comunicazione hanno rivoluzionato il lavoro e la vita nel XXI secolo. L’utilizzo di questi dispositivi ci permette di essere costantemente connessi e di conseguenza di lavorare in qualsiasi momento e ovunque. La relazione congiunta realizzata dall’ILO e da Eurofound riassume i risultati di studi nazionali condotti in 15 paesi e dell’indagine europea sulle condizioni di lavoro al fine di esaminare gli effetti del telelavoro e del lavoro mobile sul mondo del lavoro. Da tale relazione emerge che questo regime di lavoro è in aumento nella maggior parte dei paesi. Tra i suoi effetti positivi si possono annoverare i tempi ridotti di spostamento, una maggior autonomia lavorativa, un miglior equilibrio tra vita lavorativa e personale e una maggior produttività. Al contempo, gli svantaggi menzionati includono un orario di lavoro prolungato, la sovrapposizione tra vita professionale e privata e un’intensificazione dell’attività lavorativa, che può portare ad alti livelli di stress con ripercussioni negative sulla salute e sul benessere dei lavoratori. Gli effetti ambigui e persino contraddittori del telelavoro e del lavoro mobile sulle condizioni di lavoro illustrano la situazione attuale in merito alle sfide che il mondo del lavoro dovrà affrontare in futuro. Una serie di proposte programmatiche sono state avanzate sulla base dei risultati ottenuti al fine di migliorare il lavoro mobile e il telelavoro.

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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.

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