A survey by the Department of Trade and Industry has determined that majority of labour unions across the United Kingdom are in favor of some form of mobility arrangements in the workplace. Such arrangements include work-at-home, field-work, or other telecommuting set-ups.
Companies’ uptake of telecommuting arrangements with employees has been up the past few years because of better availability and lower prices of laptop computers, and dropping prices of Internet connectivity. Residential broadband connections, and even free wireless Internet in public places enable employees to work on their inputs and outputs from outside of the office, and then submit these via email or some other collaborative application. Instant messaging and email have also made communication among colleagues and managers even easier.
However, company arrangements like these are usually intended for output-based workers like writers, salespeople, and designers, and are not geared for everyone. For instance, transaction-based workers and those in skilled labour positions need to be present at the workplace in order to accomplish their tasks.