Teleworking 'unlikely to benefit majority of workers'

07-09-2006

Despite the hype, the majority of employees are unlikely to ever benefit from teleworking, a new report claims.

The report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development said that the role of teleworking had been exaggerated by politicians and IT businesses and could be overshadowing more effective ways of improving the work-life balance for employees.

Teleworking, which involves working away from the office using the internet or telephone, often from home, is not as widespread as is commonly perceived, the report said.

Many studies on teleworking had swelled the numbers by including "white van men" in their statistics, or those who used the computer or phone to do some work in the evening or weekends.

Much of the perceived increase in teleworking could also be down to self-employed people making greater use of IT and communications technology, said the report's author, Dr John Philpott.

"Amongst employees the scope for expansion of teleworking is likely to be confined largely to those engaged in the kinds of managerial and professional occupations which currently have an above average incidence of teleworking," he commented.



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