In partnership with Peterborough City Council and BT, the feasibility
of a revolutionary telework centre or ‘shared e-workplace’ is being
studied to give businesses and individuals keen to develop flexible
work patterns access to a cutting edge facility equipped with the
latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
While previous initiatives have
struggled because of a reliance on individual energies, a focus on
expensive equipment and limited term funding, the new study has
identified that there is huge potential for a new system of ‘shared
e-workplaces’ supported by a national network of business centres that
include meeting / conference facilities.
An earlier SustainIT study into
teleworking (www.sustel.org) – the
largest ever undertaken on the subject – identified the benefits of
‘remote working’ as well as the disadvantages; such as employee
concerns about social isolation and a poorly developed infrastructure
to support the growing number of mobile workers.
The new research is focused on solving
these problems while proposing a facility that will provide more
employment opportunities, increase business flexibility, and assist
The concept is to be explored by
government, businesses and ICT experts at a SustainIT workshop in
London on 24 March. To find out more or to take part in SustainIT’s
‘shared e-workplace’ survey, please contact Simon Hills on
or 01733 312286.