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A study by CENIT and the Ministry of Labor reveals that this new trend is growing in both the private and the public sector thanks to new technologies.

In Argentina, as in the majority of developing countries, telecommuting is still a relatively new phenomenon. However, a study conducted by CENIT (Center of Investigations for Transformation) and the PYME Observatory in 2010 revealed that 10% of companies in the city of Buenos Aires use telecommuting as a work arrangement.

“Our clients have adopted web videoconferencing and this has allowed them to modify their work structures and those of their personnel. Small and large companies are increasingly using this flexible work methodology and telecommuters can make use of the new technologies,”,

says Sally Buberman, Product and Marketing Director at Wormhole.

The report by CENIT and the Labor Ministry concludes that in principle, all work that involves IT and telecommunications can make use of telecommuting. The report thus estimates that up to 26% of the city's work force could be telecommuting by 2014

“We don’t have the official numbers, but according to studies done last year, there are more than 1.8 million home offices in our country. At the Ministry, we have been encouraging this work arrangement since 2008, offering training programs for workers and incentives for them companies that hire them,”

says Dra. Viviana Díaz, Telecommuting Coordinator at the Ministry of Labor. As part of the PROPET program, for example, the private sector is the main target for telecommuting,

“taking into account basic principles related to the workday, safety, hygiene,privacy and the tools required for this arrangement,”

explains Diaz

Díaz adds:

“Telecommuting is unquestionably a tool that improves one's quality of work. Telecommuters are able to strike a better balance between their personal and work lives, optimize their time, and save on the cost of transportation, clothing and eating out. They also reduce their stress level since they avoid the downtime of travelling and the traffic. Companies benefit from a better work climate since workers are more productive and infrastructure costs are lower. And of course, society benefits in terms of the environment, as the number of vehicles on the road and the resulting contamination are reduced."

Telecommuting and training: On the Rise

The first telecommuting training program organized by the Ministry of Labor in 2010 was attended by 500 people. Today that number has reached more than 2,000 people with a 94% level of effectiveness. The courses are reserved for people over age 45 who are currently unemployed; young people ages 18-24 who haven’t finished college and the specially abled. There is also a separate course for prisoners.

Myth
Fact
Makes work more precarious
Creates more jobs and improves work conditions
Isolating
Allows for the incorporation of vulnerable groups, equal opportunity
More stressful
Optimizes the quality of life and creates a work-family balance
Extends work hours
Facilitates self-management and time management
Increases worker costs
Allows worker to save on transportation, clothing, etc.
Decreases productivity
Generates investment and improves productivity
Can be an obstacle to union freedom
Telecommuting is included in collective bargaining
Neglects the health and safety of the telecommuter
Manual of Good Practices
Reserved for the private sectoro
Currently being incorporated by the public sector

More about Wormhole: Advantages available with online video conference:

  • Limited Use A number of sessions can be performed that the user needs 24 hours a day
  • Vicinity Share audio, video, virtual board, public or private chat, documents and a work area, like a presence meeting without moving from their office.
  • Privacy Public or private meetings can be organized with an access code.
  • Easy Adaptation The interface can be customized with the visual identity of the company.
  • Big Capacity It enables access to multiple webcams and simultaneous participants.
  • Collaboration It shares the user computer screen live with all other participants in the meeting room.
  • Visibility The users of Wormhole Auditorium could share in full screen mode with video of what is happening.
  • Simplicity All is needed is a broadband connection and a web browser.
  • RecordingVirtual meetings can be recorded to review them at a later time.

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