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					Teleworking / Telecommuting

      A Presentation by James Bacon
         What is Teleworking/Telecommuting

• Teleworking (also called Telecommuting) means using IT systems
  to work from another place other than at an office (E.g. Home).
• Teleworking can be a full time arrangement or can be for a few
  days each week and go into work the rest of the week.
• Its requires different skills that may not be required if teleworking is
  not used normally.
•   Can also include teleconferencing where the employee can talk
    and see the person they are having the conference with.
               What Conditions Are Needed

For teleworking there has to be certain things available to the
   company and the employee. Such as:
• The employee needs a computer system at home or where ever
  they work from, which needs to be of a high specification, with
  appropriate software.
• A high speed connection to the internet (ISDN, ADSL, DSL…etc).
• The company needs a computer system/network access from the
• The employee needs to have a suitable environment to work in.
• They need to have a secure connection to work network, with good
  virus protection and spy ware & ad-aware detection.
                    Special Technologies

Over the years new technologies have been created which make
  teleworking faster, securer and easier to do. Such things are like:
• High speed internet which is now widely available all over the UK,
  it comes in various way, Dial-up, ISDN and ADSL are most
  commonly used by the general public.
• Faster processing speeds in computers (the CPU maximum about
  3+ GHz)
• More secure ways to connect to system connected to the internet.
  (Encryption & Virtual Private Networks [VPN])
• Software has evolved into easier, more reliable & less stressful
           The Social &Economic Advantages

Teleworking brings advantages in many ways such as in social and
   economic ways:
• Reduced traffic congestion on the countries roads and motorways.
• Reduced total travelling which consequently reduces pollution
  transitions form vehicles.
• Increases employment/work opportunities. Access to job world
  wide from home.
• Access to work for people with specific difficulties. For example
  people who have difficulties getting to and from work or cant do a
  normal nine-five working day.
        The Social &Economic Disadvantages

Teleworking brings also disadvantages in ways such as in social and
   economic like:
• Employee not getting enough contact or interaction with other
• Employee doesn’t have a suitable environment to work in at home.
• Managers working in the office may not be trained well enough to
  cope with ‘long distance’ management.
• Work maybe sometimes done better in team groups working
  together in the same place.
              Advantages For The Employee

Teleworking helps employees in different ways:
• Some may not be comfortable working in office type environments
  and can work better in a more relaxed environment.
• They can’t drive to the office because they’ve got no transport of
  their own.
• Reduces how much time they spend on travelling to work.
• More flexible time management is allowed with teleworking, if they
  have lots of commitments.
• Better balance of work and home life with less disruptions with
  family life.
• Gives them more chance to be involved in community activities
  (e.g. the school governor for a rural school near by your home).
                Advantages For Employers

Teleworking helps employers in different ways:
• They can save money on the cost of premises, travel expenditures
  of employees.
• Certain companies can increase productivity (some have reported
  a 40% increase).
• With efficient and well designed programs employee’s motivation
  can me improved.
• Employee’s that may sometimes have to quit their job because of
  the family moving will be bale to stay with the same company.
• Flexible staffing, they can have people ‘on stand-by’ at home for
  when they get high work loads and need more staff.
          Disadvantages For the Employers
                         & Employees
Teleworking also brings disadvantages to employer’s and employee’s
   such as:
• Employers monitoring the employees is harder when they are
• The possibility someone gaining access to the teleworkers
  computer or the system in the office connected to the internet and
  been able to access sensitive data.
• Employee has the risk of home computer been infected by viruses
  & spy ware because they are for most of the day connected to the
• Increased health problems because of improper usage of
  computers, or lack of knowledge of how to proper use a computer
  and what to do when using them for long periods of time.
                    Facts About Teleworking

1.   2.2million teleworkers in the UK (up by 65% over last four years) as of
     Sept 2003 [according to government figures].

2.   Over 70% of working mothers in the UK would like to work flexibly or
     telework at least some of the week [2005 RAC Foundation UK study

3.   77% would jump at the opportunity to work from home if their
     employers offered it to them [Flexible Working Survey 2004 ].

4.   74% convinced that it would enhance their relationship with their partner
     [Flexible Working Survey 2004 ].
The End – “That’s all
        This is the end of my presentation on
          Teleworking / Telecommuting.

     I hope you have enjoyed, because I haven't.