Telework in the 21st Century
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Telework in the 21st Century

An Evolutionary Perspective

Edited by Jon C. Messenger

Technological developments have enabled a dramatic expansion and also an evolution of telework, broadly defined as using ICTs to perform work from outside of an employer’s premises. This volume offers a new conceptual framework explaining the evolution of telework over four decades. It reviews national experiences from Argentina, Brazil, India, Japan, the United States, and ten EU countries regarding the development of telework, its various forms and effects. It also analyses large-scale surveys and company case studies regarding the incidence of telework and its effects on working time, work-life balance, occupational health and well-being, and individual and organizational performance.
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Chapter 4: Telework and its effects in Argentina

Sonia Boiarov

Abstract

This chapter compiles information on the current incidence of teleworking in Argentina, especially that related to the form of organization of the work, and the work-life balance of teleworkers. Sources include data from the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses (INDEC), interviews with companies, articles in newspapers and journals, academic theses and surveys. Teleworking is very new in Argentina; only 2.7 per cent of all workers work away from their employer’s premises. This chapter addresses the different psychological risks factors that this new work model can entail, such as the health effects triggered by longer and atypical work hours. Conversely, it also covers the possible benefits teleworking can have, including control and independence in work, a better work–life balance and greater flexibility.

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