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Problems and Possibilities of Telework Gintautas Babravičius Deputy Chairman Information SocietyDevelopment Committee of the Seimas “Teleworking for Business, Education, Research and e-Commerce”Vilnius, Lithuania, 21-22 October 2002
Telework Telework occurs when information and communications technologies (ICTs) are applied to enable work to be done at a distance from the place where the work results are needed or where the work would conventionally have been done. BIT&T , Riga, April 3–5, 2002 The main result - seamless co-operation
The greater the choice, the greater the benefits • Over 100 years of unprecedented technological development • Developments in ICT are a vital engine of growth • E-working offers more informal ways ofusing technology to deliver services • A greater choice in how, where and when to work
A knowledge-based age Technical progress Job & wealth creation Productivity improvements Economicgrowth
A flexible and complementary approach • Work is not one single place or location • Better balance between our work life and our life outside work • Mobile communications technologiesempower people to manage their work and private life - without the limits of time or space
Types of potential teleworkers • Accountant • Advertising staff • Architect • Bookkeeper • Clerk typist • Collections staff • Community relations • Computer programmer • Creative staff • Customer service staff • Data entry clerk • Designer • Executive support staff Entrepreneur Financial analyst Graphic artist Human resources staff Industrial engineer Information services staff Insurance broker Journalist Labour relations staff Lawyer Policy analyst Program manager Project manager Public relations liaison Purchasing staff Research staff Salesperson Sales manager Software engineer Statistician Strategic planning staff Supplier relations staff Systems analyst Technical writer Telemarketer Telephone operator …
A more flexible way of working • Increase in the numbers of 'mobile' workers • This new paradigm of work must meet the needs of a global networked organisation • Opportunities for a more flexible and empowering working life
Disadvantages of telework • Difficult to satisfy socialisation needs of teleworkers • Technological infrastructure either inadequate or too expensive • Difficult to ensure data security
New agenda for eWork • Employment opportunities for all; • Better workplace design; • Better jobs; • Greater creativity; • More efficient use of resources.
Telework in the European Union eWork 2000 - Status Report on New Ways to Work in the Information Society http://www.eto.org.uk/twork/tw00/pdf/tw2000.pdf IST Programme KA2 - New Methods of Work & Electronic Commerce http://www.cordis.lu/ist/ Telework 2001, The 8th European Assembly on New Ways to Work, Helsinki Report of the 8th European assembly on new ways to work http://www.telework2001.fi/telework-raport.pdf Telework Agreement, 16 July 2002 http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/oct/1034330238_en.html
Teleworking employees, by country EMERGENCE NEWS, 2001
ITC governing structures Council of Knowledge under the President of Lithuania Committee of Information Society in the Parliament Commission of Information Society Development in the Government Republic of Lithuania Committee of Information Society Development under the Government Communications Regulation Agency Ministry No. 1 Ministry No. N . . .
Problems of Lithuania and telework • Unemployment – economy- living standard • Regional development • Digital divide • Rural development • Export of specialists and workers • Special groups of workers: • Disabled • Students – additional work and practice • Pensioners • Employment problems in Visaginas district (near Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant)
Telework governing structures Social Affairs and LabourCommittee of the Seimas Information SocietyDevelopment Committee of the Seimas Ministry of Social Security and Labour Information Society Development Committee under the Government Lithuanian Labour Market Training Authority 14 LABOUR MARKET TRAINING CENTRES
Actions of the Committees • Joint meeting of the Information Society Development Committee, Education, Science and Culture Committee, and Social Affairs and Labour Committee of the Seimas.(16 January 2002)
National Strategy for Information Society Development of Lithuania 9.2. Education of the society: • opportunities for all; • new organisational structure of the society encouraging people to continuously seek new knowledge; • knowledge and competence centres; • mechanism for recognition of distance education (formalisation); • networks for creation, storage and dissemination of virtual knowledge. 9.4. Digital divide: • systems of re-training; • distance consultation and social assistance centres
Conclusions • Telework is relevant for various groups of the society • Main problems and priority actions: • technological infrastructure and the price of services; • awareness and training of the society, business entities and state institutions; • passing legislation and amendments. • Working group consisting of Members of the Seimas, state institutions, business entities and other groups of the society.
Problems and Possibilities of Telework Gintautas Babravičius Deputy Chairman Information SocietyDevelopment Committee of the Seimas Gintautas.Babravicius@lrs.lt