Telework is not yet very developed and
yet we are seeing already an important paradigm shift concerning its basic concept, in
relation with the evolution of mobile communication technologies.
For many, Telework used to be, or still is, more or
less synonymous with home working, or working in a given place, different from the
traditional workplace. The basic corresponding technology is essentially a PC, a modem,
and some telephone, ISDN or other wired connection. The Internet and associated protocols
have definitely pushed to the positive evolution of Telework.
However, the explosive growth of mobile technologies
and the cheaper and cheaper availability of powerful and versatile consumer electronics
type of equipment is changing all that.
Today, the combination of cellular digital telephony
and laptop computers, "assistants" or "communicators", is widely
opening the range of facilites and services available to the work force. At the same time,
our society is definitely moving from the production of goods to the more immaterial
information or services world.
Hence the concept sometimes called "work
nouveau" or "working on the move", which soon will be the true meaning of
Telework: independant of the location of the worker and of the location of those he is
working with and for. Telework will be normal work in the "virtual corporation"