Time- and location-independent work (TLIW) offers great benefits for employees, companies and society in general. Employees can for example better balance work / social life and TLIW can add to a company’s attraction as an employer. Furthermore, TLIW is considered as an important partial solution for tackling congestion, as it motivates co-workers to delay the time of departure or even postpone their trip. Nevertheless, Belgium seems to miss this opportunity.
Within the IWT-O&O project the Flanders Institute for Mobility (VIM) and Flanders Synergy (FS) join forces to further introduce this ‘new way of working’ in Belgium. They offer support in redecorating offices with mobile workplaces, introducing flexible working hours, investing in IT-solutions, etc.
Impact of ‘new way of working’ on transportation
IMOB examined during this project the impact of the ‘New Way of Working’ on transportation, more specifically the impact on transportation behaviour and patterns of employees. To what extent will the number of trips decrease? Do we cover smaller distances? Are we – in terms of time – less ‘on the road’? Do we prefer a certain mode of transport when teleworking? In order to draw a realistic picture, the researchers selected two methods for data collection: a web survey and diary logs through a mobile app. In both cases, employees who already telework on a regular basis, were questioned.
Increasing the use of telework
Roughly half of the teleworkers indicated to make less trips by public transport or by car (45% resp 51%). Of all teleworkers who regularly take the car to work, 82% made less trips. Instead, they took the bike or walked more often. Teleworking thus seems to positively influence transportation. Based on these results, the Flanders Institute for Mobility advises to stimulate teleworking.
Business models ‘Flexible workplaces’
In the IWT-project, multiple flexible workplaces were discussed: co-working centres, business centres, satellite offices, touch-down work spots, etc. The whitepaper ‘Business models flexible workplaces’ (dutch) is available online.
For the detailed report (web survey/ diary log) we kindly refer you to Nicole Van Doninck, manager Education and Development at the Flanders Institute for Mobility.