Also known as telecommuting, teleworking, remote working, mobile working, or flexible workplace – it is a work arrangement in which employees use a combination of mobile telecommunications technology (such as a Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or tablet, computers, and smartphones) to work from home.
Organisations and employers may use telecommuting to reduce costs or improve workers’ quality of life (working from home reduces commuting time) or make it easier for them to balance work responsibilities with their personal life (e.g. caring for children or elderly parents).
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies and organisations have adopted work-from-home policies, as part of social distancing measures, to keep employees from spreading infection or themselves becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2. Commentators have suggested that working from home will be a feature of the future, and in other words, will be part of the new normal.
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