Watch the webinar - #AskTheExpert: Making telework work for everyone – lessons from the pandemic for a digital age

Tue, 06/12/2022
Tue, 06/12/2022

As European employees and employers in sectors such as ICT, other services, and public administration embrace hybrid work as the new normal,

Eurofound organised a live interactive webinar on 'Making telework work for everyone' with a LIVE Q&A.

Date: 6 December 2022

Time: 10.00 Irish time / 11.00 CET


The debate

Research experts Oscar Vargas and John Hurley shared Eurofound’s latest knowledge on remote work. The newly published research tracks the highs and lows of telework throughout 2021 when the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the enormous potential of this way of working.

Since 2020 more European workers and managers have enjoyed greater flexibility and autonomy in work and are reporting their preference for hybrid working. Also driven by ongoing technological developments and structural changes in employment, organisations are now integrating telework more permanently into their workplace.

To reflect on these shifts, Oscar and John explored the challenges and opportunities of the surge in telework, as well as the overall growth of telework and teleworkable jobs in the EU and what this means for workers, managers, companies and policymakers.
Moderated by Mary McCaughey, Eurofound’s Head of information and communication, the lively discussion unpacked the new telework findings and address pressing questions, such as: 

  • How did telework impact on working conditions in 2020-2021 and what did we learn?
  • Was teleworking influenced by gender? How did women really fare with teleworking during the pandemic?
  • What challenges do teleworkers and managers face, including disconnecting from work or implementing hybrid work across teams? And how do workers feel about digital monitoring?
  • Can remote working be a way to support different groups in the labour market such older workers and more disadvantaged groups?
  • And with more people working from home, are existing regulations and EU frameworks fit for the digital age? 

Watch the webinar


Moderator: Mary McCaughey

Mary is Head of Information and Communication in Eurofound, where she has worked since 2003. A graduate in Business and Politics from Trinity College, Dublin and an ‘ancienne’ of the College of Europe, Bruges, she began her career in journalism in Brussels in 1990 with Europe Information Service and the Wall Street Journal Europe. She subsequently contributed to the WSJE and the Irish Times as a features writer before taking up the post of spokesperson with the Delegation of the European Commission to South Africa in 1998, heading up its press and information department. In 2001, she moved to Belgrade, Serbia, where she worked as a communications consultant for the European Agency for Reconstruction.

Speaker: Oscar Vargas Llave

Oscar Vargas Llave is a research manager in the Working Life unit at Eurofound and manages projects on changes in the world of work and the impact on working conditions and related policies: organisation of working time, remote work, the right to disconnect, health and well-being and ageing. 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 (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca), and also holds a Diploma in Social Science Research Methods from the University of Cardiff and a Master’s degree in Health and Safety from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Speaker: John Hurley

John Hurley is a senior research manager in the Employment unit at Eurofound. He took up the role of research manager in February 2012. He is responsible for the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) events database, contributes to a number of other research projects including the European Jobs Monitor and has authored or co-authored over 20 reports as well as journal contributions and edited collections during his time at Eurofound. His main research interests are in the areas of comparative labour market analysis, restructuring and the changing world of work.


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