Joint ILO-Eurofound report reflects the impact of Telework on the world of work
Today, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Eurofound published a joint report entitled ‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’.
The report synthesises research carried out in 15 countries, including ten EU Member States as well as Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan and the United States.
The findings highlight a number of positive effects of telework/ICT-mobile work, such as greater working time autonomy and reduced commuting time resulting in a better overall work-life balance and higher productivity.
It also identifies some disadvantages such as a tendency to work longer hours, and an overlap between paid work and personal life – which can lead to high levels of stress.
An EU-OSHA foresight project is also looking at the potential impact of rapid developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) and the emerging challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH). Additionally a discussion paper on “the future of crowdsourcing” (paid work organised through online labour exchanges) debates the main risks that can result from the vast range of tasks carried out by crowd workers.