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Working paper No. 221. Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete

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Arbetsliv, Företagandets villkor, Torbjörn Lundqvist
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This working paper discusses different aspects of telework (i.e. arrangements that allow employees to work from alternative out-of office locations) based on a survey of international research and recent data from Statistics Sweden. Visions of a future where a large proportion of the workforce work at a distance from their regular office have been around since the 1970s. However, telework has not become nearly as prevalent as many believed and hoped it would. The number of teleworkers seems relatively stable in Sweden and research in this area shows that there are considerable barriers to overcome before telework can develop into a more common phenomenon in the current labour market. In this paper we discuss both barriers and opportunities for telework. It seems likely that the majority of jobs will never be performed at a distance from the ordinary workplace. However, progress in IT has led to new visions of a working life where people work anytime from anywhere. Work is becoming increasingly mobile and we will probably see an evolutionary trend towards greater flexibility, including telework and virtual organizations, as a long-term effect of the IT revolution.

Lundqvist, T. (2013). Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete. Ratio Working paper No. 221.

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Working paper No. 221. Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete
Working paperPublication
Lundqvist, T
Publication year

2013

Abstract

This working paper discusses different aspects of telework (i.e. arrangements that allow employees to work from alternative out-of office locations) based on a survey of international research and recent data from Statistics Sweden. Visions of a future where a large proportion of the workforce work at a distance from their regular office have been around since the 1970s. However, telework has not become nearly as prevalent as many believed and hoped it would. The number of teleworkers seems relatively stable in Sweden and research in this area shows that there are considerable barriers to overcome before telework can develop into a more common phenomenon in the current labour market. In this paper we discuss both barriers and opportunities for telework. It seems likely that the majority of jobs will never be performed at a distance from the ordinary workplace. However, progress in IT has led to new visions of a working life where people work anytime from anywhere. Work is becoming increasingly mobile and we will probably see an evolutionary trend towards greater flexibility, including telework and virtual organizations, as a long-term effect of the IT revolution.

Lundqvist, T. (2013). Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete. Ratio Working paper No. 221.

Working paper No. 221. Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete
Working paperPublication
Lundqvist, T
Publication year

2013

Abstract

This working paper discusses different aspects of telework (i.e. arrangements that allow employees to work from alternative out-of office locations) based on a survey of international research and recent data from Statistics Sweden. Visions of a future where a large proportion of the workforce work at a distance from their regular office have been around since the 1970s. However, telework has not become nearly as prevalent as many believed and hoped it would. The number of teleworkers seems relatively stable in Sweden and research in this area shows that there are considerable barriers to overcome before telework can develop into a more common phenomenon in the current labour market. In this paper we discuss both barriers and opportunities for telework. It seems likely that the majority of jobs will never be performed at a distance from the ordinary workplace. However, progress in IT has led to new visions of a working life where people work anytime from anywhere. Work is becoming increasingly mobile and we will probably see an evolutionary trend towards greater flexibility, including telework and virtual organizations, as a long-term effect of the IT revolution.

Lundqvist, T. (2013). Flexibelt arbetsliv – hinder och möjligheter med distansarbete. Ratio Working paper No. 221.

Ratio Working Paper No. 349: Industrial conflict in essential services in a new era – Swedish rules in a comparative perspective
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Karlson, N.
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2021

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This paper examines whether the Swedish regulatory system of dealing with industrial conflicts that affect essential services need an update or reform. Are the existing rules effective in a world where many essential services are upheld by many interdependent agents in complex systems where every single node becomes critical for the functioning of the system, and where the essential service activities could be either private or public? A comparative study is conducted with the corresponding regulatory systems of the United Kingdom, Germany, and Denmark.
The conclusion is that Sweden is a special case. The Swedish protection against and readiness in dealing with societally harmful industrial conflicts in essential services is weaker than in the countries of comparison. Just as in relation to other threats to essential services, it is not sustainable to claim that just because such a threat is not currently present, there would be no need for preparedness.
There are many alternative ways to handle this. Desirable methods should both prevent harmful conflicts from erupting and end conflicts that have grown harmful to society at a later stage. The labour market organisations should have a mutual interest in reforming the rules.

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