A telework cure for traffic congestion: telework policies in the Netherlands and Finland to inform a Belgian prognosis

The value of telework for workers, employers and society has been researched extensively. This contribution will focus on the potential impact of telework on commuting and mobility at large. It is worth reminding, however, that telework can cause multiple effects, which often tie into one another. The UK Royal Society for Public Health, for instance, was in favour of home work in order to develop a healthier workforce, which it associates with a less stressful commute. Countries with a high incidence of regular telework seem to have a policy on telework and mobility or its environmental impact. The Belgian government’s position on this is less clear. The need for an evaluation of our current rules on home work could be used to introduce telework as a broader public policy instrument that relates to traffic congestion, environmental issues, workers’ wellbeing, etc. Continue reading “A telework cure for traffic congestion: telework policies in the Netherlands and Finland to inform a Belgian prognosis”