Carolina wakes up, takes a shower, has breakfast and gets ready to “leave for work”, although she does not actually go anywhere, quite the opposite, she stays in her house, in her “working corner”, where everything is waiting for her: an office, her computer, a telephone and several “tasks” that she must finish and deliver. Carolina is working as a freelance, she elaborates contents and translations for “clients in different places of the world”. She is a certified “virtualworker”.
Carolina’s case is similar to that of many thousands. Given the easy access to the TICs (New Technologies of Communication and Information), they have chosen this new modality of working distantly, as a hard-virtual worker.
The new changes
The technological advance in recent years, the easy access to computer tools and Internet use, have allowed a change in working systems.
People employed at their own house is not a new thing, this is previous to the employment in the new technologies context. There have always been workers employed at home.
What is new is that now almost any task can be fulfilled distantly. Monitorings, translations, writings, technical service, audits, help desk, secretariat, computer support, telesales, education, training and tasks in some other works or services.
The telework can be realized by all kinds of persons by means of autoemployments, and also it is possible to work for companies in a remote way.
What are the companies looking for?
What the companies look for in this type of teleworkers is some advantages like: reduction of the operative costs, decentralization of labour activities, to achieve more productivity, diminish risks in the movement of the personnel, improve the communication between the personnel, etc.
The list of advantages is long and the modality of work is much more comfortable. To turn into a teleworker needs among other things training in the computer tools, autodisciplines, a method of work and a correct administration of the time.
This new modality of work distantly or virtual, knocks down borders between clients, companies and distant workers. The speed and the economic thing that improves the transmission of information against the persons physical movements do that there is waited a diffusion of this new modality of work.
The list of works that can be realized from the comfort of the home and distantly is very big. This thanks to the technology that is present in all the areas, which permits the realization of all kinds of tasks from any place.