The use of telecommunications has altered as a result of advances in technological development, social change and changes in the global economy. Changing patterns of employment, including the increase in part-time and temporary employees, has seen the nature of the work environment also change. The workplace can now be just about anywhere. This paper looks at some of the issues involved and proposes some essential OH&S criteria for inclusion in teleworking programs.
Teleworking has been defined as “a flexible work opportunity to work for part of the time at a location away from the usual work base. The location may be at home, at a satellite office near the home, a mobile office, or a combination of these alternatives” (Edwards, 1994, p6).