Within the EU 3.25 million people are already defined as Teleworking - working from home or telecottages using computers and telecomms to transmit their work.

Some predictions foresee as many as 40% of all salaried workers in teleworking arrangements of some kind within 10 years.

If these predictions are to come true, companies and individuals will need to identify advantages to the arrangements. Research to date indicates the following as key factors to address in considering setting up Teleworking Projects.

In most countries, including UK, the take-up rate is far lower than estimated. The main factors cited as constraints are ;

Reasons cited by organisations for investigating introduction of teleworking ;


Comprehensive studies have shown that three factors in particular are crucial indicators for successful implementation of teleworking initiatives ;

The following factors, maybe surprisingly, have no statistical impact either way ;

The key indicators suggest therefor that the statistically ideal companies for teleworking purposes will be Small to Medium Enterprises (SME), with existing IT infrastructure and a culture of team working.

Or, radically, that large organisations approach teleworking on a segmented basis, seeking to approximate the ideal as above.


Managers in SMEs have identified their key risks in this area as ;

They similarly prioritise their needs as ;

I suggest that managers in other organisations will share these fundamental needs. Though possibly also articulate some organisational and political ones too.

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Last Updated on 10 December 2002 by COLIN TIERNEY