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

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20 juni 2019
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15 februari 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 nationRead more

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.

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  • 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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    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

    Att arbeta när som helst, var som helst och effekterna av detta på arbetslivet

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Ny informations- och kommunikationsteknik (IKT) har revolutionerat arbetet och livet på 2000-talet. Den ständiga uppkopplingsmöjligheten med hjälp av dessa anordningar gör det möljligt att utföra arbete när som helst och från nästan var som helst. Denna gemensamma rapport från ILO och Eurofound sammanställer resultaten av nationella studier från 15 länder plus undersökningen om europeiska arbetsvillkor för att beakta distansarbetets/det IKT-mobila arbetets effekter på arbetslivet. Rapporten visar att detta arbetsarrangemang ökar i de flesta länder. Dess positiva effekter är en kortare restid, större självständighet vid planering av arbetstid, bättre övergripande balans mellan arbete och privatliv och högre produktivitet. De rapporterade nackdelarna inkluderar samtidigt längre arbetstider, överlappning mellan arbete och privatliv samt arbetsintensifiering, vilket kan leda till höga stressnivåer med negativa konsekvenser för arbetstagarnas hälsa och välbefinnande. Distansarbetets/det IKT-mobila arbetets tvetydiga och till och med motstridiga effekter på arbetsvillkoren illustrerar det aktuella läget beträffande utmaningarna för framtidens arbete. En rad strategiska förslag för att förbättra distansarbetet/det IKT-mobila arbetet läggs fram på grundval av resultaten.

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