Teleworkers and managers enthusiastic about their telework experience.

Thresholds still prevent non-teleworking managers and employees from starting to telework.




A majority of the surveyed teleworking employees and managers evaluate their experience in a positive way. Employees stress the benefits of teleworking on productivity, stress, work motivation, autonomy and work/life balance. This is one of the conclusions of a survey conducted by prof. dr. Michel Walrave and dra. Marijke De Bie of the University of Antwerp for Unizo and the ESF-Agency Flanders as a part of the EU project Allinclusive @ work. For non-teleworkers and managers without teleworking experience in their company, opinions concerning possible risks and pitfalls of teleworking prevent them from starting.



This survey was conducted in the five countries participating in the project, namely Flanders, Greece, Ireland, Italy and The Netherlands. Hereafter you will find an overview of results in three countries. Due to a too small number of respondents of the Greek and Irish surveys, the results of the data-analysis and the possible tendencies are limited.

The main purpose of this e-survey is to feel the pulse of actual teleworkers. What is their attitude towards different facets of their teleworking experience? Who took the initiative? Who pays the costs? Does it have a (positive or negative) influence on one�s productivity, career, work/life balance? Some issues concerning teleworking are also submitted to non-teleworkers to get a grip on their reasons not to telework. Furthermore, the possible significant differences between teleworkers and non-teleworkers concerning several issues can point to thresholds that prevent employees from starting to telework. What are the possible negative aspects of teleworking feared by non-teleworkers? Do actual teleworkers confirm or deny this, based on their experience? Which positive effects of teleworking, supposed by non-teleworkers, are asserted or contradicted by teleworkers? In brief, pros and cons experienced by actual teleworkers and supposed by non-teleworkers are compared.

Next to employees, managers and employers (of SMEs and big companies) are surveyed to find out more about their attitude towards and possible experience with teleworking. Also, a comparison has been made between companies that have implemented one of several teleworking-types and managers of businesses without teleworking experience. What keeps the latter from implementing working at a distance? Is it a question of lack of �teleworkable� positions, tasks or concerns about specific phases of the implementation of teleworking in their company?

Synthesis of the e-survey in Flanders, Italy & The Netherlands >>

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Telework in Belgium. Sharing experiences & lowering thresholds presents an overview of telework research, projects, legislation and point of views in Belgium. 

For more information contact the ESF-Agency Flanders.

You can also download the reports (pdf):

e-Survey "Working @ home or close to home?" >>

Telework in Belgium, Prof. dr. Michel Walrave, UA. >>

Telework in Ireland, Nana Luke & Sean o Driskeoil, Telework Ireland >>

Telework in Italy, Suzanne Burns, Giuseppe delle Donne, Giorgio Pinzuti, TecFor >>

Telework in Greece, Tanya Kyrkiakides, E.K.A.T.O. >>

Telework in The Netherlands, dr. Albert Benschop, Universiteit Amsterdam >>


Synthesis research 'Tijd voor telewerk' (in Dutch, 2003)>>