Teleworking, sometimes called telecommuting, means working from home using modern technology to keep in touch with your business. Jobs can be relocated to places where it is more attractive, more convenient or cheaper to live.
Technology required for teleworking
- A computer with Internet access
- An email account
Some teleworkers may also use:
- A fax machine
- A mobile phone
- Videoconferencing equipment
Advantages for the employer
- Office running costs and overheads (rates, electricity, heating etc) can be reduced, which in turn may reduce the need for office space.
- Travel-related problems may be reduced, ie staff being unable to get into work due to rail/road delays.
- It may tempt better staff to come and work for the company.
Disadvantage for the employer
- Employers need to be able to trust their staff and be prepared to have less direct control over them.
Advantages for the employee
- Work in a comfortable environment – their home.
- No commute and no travel costs.
- Work around their family’s needs.
Disadvantages for the employee
- Less human interaction – fewer opportunities to meet people, share ideas with etc.
- More difficult to work as part of a team, especially if they’re all office based.
- Greater temptation to spend time on non-work-related activities.
- Difficult to separate personal life from work.