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Teleworking is the practice of working at home or a remote location using a means of communication to contact the workplacein this case ICT There are many reasons why teleworking is becoming more attractive to business all of which will be outlined in this report Government research from 1996 has suggested that the numbers of people working from home increased rapidly through the 1980s to a total of 12 million A report by the Henley Business School in 1997 said that there were already 4 million teleworkers in the UK Various sources predict that up to one-third of all work will be done at home within 25 years This picture is somewhat confused by the different definitions of homeworkers and teleworkers but the overall picture is clear home-based teleworking is becoming more and more possible This is mostly if not wholly due to the ever-increasing development in ICT technology The use of specialist equipment such as computers and the Internet in the workplace has made teleworking a very attractive option for many companies The findings from the studies mentioned above highlight this In the 1980s computers were less a part of everyday life as not many people owned a personal computer Nowadays it is estimated that around 5 in 6 homes has 1 if not more computers The increase in teleworking and the increase in the number of homes that own a PC are therefore very strongly related There are many questions then that one would ask about teleworking mainly what are its advantages And why is it considered such a good move for companies to invest in its use I will attempt to answer those questions in this report Advantages for the employee Teleworking holds many obvious advantages for the employee or teleworker The most prominent advantage would be that the teleworker would not be under the stress that can be common in the workplace More than 90 percent
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