Designing and implementing working time arrangements and telework

Designing and implementing working time arrangements and telework

Designing and implementing working time arrangements and telework

5–30 June 2023
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

Working time was the subject of the very first international labour standard, the Hours of Work (Industry) Convention, 1919 (No. 1), and continues to be central to the work of the ILO. Economic trends during recent decades have resulted in working hours that are increasingly diverse, decentralized and individualized. These trends have also led to greater tensions between workers' needs and preferences and enterprises' business requirements. There are increasing concerns regarding time-related social inequalities, particularly in relation to gender, workers' ability to balance their paid work with their personal lives and family responsibilities, and the relationship between working hours, rest periods and social times. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated time-related inequalities and has fast-tracked the adoption of teleworking modalities by employers. Telework offers workers the opportunity for a more flexible schedule and the freedom to work from an alternative location, away from the premises of the employer. However, there may also be risks, such as isolation and the loss of contact with fellow employees, which it is essential to anticipate and prevent. To improve working conditions around the globe, telework and working-time issues need to be tackled on multiple levels so as to close the "gaps" between workers' actual and preferred hours of work, as well as to advance the sustainability of enterprises. Telework and Working Time Arrangements (WTAs) that balance workers' needs with business' requirements do not happen by chance - a conscious effort to develop and implement such arrangements is needed. This course is designed to provide workers', employers' and government representatives with practical information and guidance that can be used to develop "balanced" telework and WTAs that are mutually beneficial for workers and enterprises. During the course, we will explore practical and actionable recommendations for effective teleworking and WTAs that are applicable to a broad range of actors. The aim is to support policymakers in updating existing policies and to provide a flexible framework whereby both private enterprises and public-sector organizations can develop or update their own policies and practices. The International Training Centre of the ILO and the ILO's Working Conditions Group are joining forces to organize this course in response to repeated requests from ILO constituents. Join us on line for this five-week learning journey.

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