The number of teleworkers has almost doubled since 2018 - Business

The number of teleworkers has almost doubled since 2018 – Business

The share of teleworkers almost doubled between 2018 and 2022, according to a report by SPF Mobilité published on Monday. The practice of teleworking would also have made it possible to avoid more than 3,000 accidents with killed or injured people and nearly 35 killed on the roads in 2021.

Nearly 32% of Belgians now say they work from home at least one day a week, compared to 17% in 2018. Brussels residents are the most fond of this practice in Belgium (43%) followed by 33% of Flemish workers surveyed and 28 % of Walloons. Moreover, the greater the distance between home and the workplace, the greater the proportion of teleworkers. Indeed, beyond 50 km, more than 50% of respondents telework at least one day a week.

Thanks to telework, 35 million kilometers per day could be avoided in 2022 (including 14 million by car), compared to nine million in 2018. “In addition to saving time and improving the balance between private and professional life, another A positive point for mobility is that teleworking makes it possible to spread out certain journeys throughout the day or the week”, notes the SPF Mobilité. “We note in particular that trips related to shopping and services increase on telework days (28%) or are carried out during the week and during the day, rather than in the evening, on weekends or on days off (32% )”.

In addition, teleworking has very concrete effects on the safety of motorists. Indeed, it would have made it possible to reduce the number of deaths by 35 and the number of serious injuries by 242 in traffic in 2021, according to estimates by the Vias institute. More than 3,000 accidents with fatalities or injuries have also been avoided.

Finally, workers working one or more days from home seem more inclined to opt for soft mobility when they go to their place of work. Some respondents would be more motivated to take public transport rather than the car to get to work (29%) or to get on their bike (30%) thanks to the regular practice of teleworking. The train and public transport are more successful than with non-teleworkers with, respectively, 61% and 40% of users.

Nearly 32% of Belgians now say they work from home at least one day a week, compared to 17% in 2018. Brussels residents are the most fond of this practice in Belgium (43%) followed by 33% of Flemish workers surveyed and 28 % of Walloons. Moreover, the greater the distance between home and the workplace, the greater the proportion of teleworkers. Indeed, beyond 50 km, more than 50% of respondents telework at least one day a week. Thanks to telework, 35 million kilometers per day could be avoided in 2022 (including 14 million by car), compared to nine million in 2018. “In addition to saving time and improving the balance between private and professional life, another A positive point for mobility is that teleworking makes it possible to spread out certain journeys throughout the day or the week”, notes the SPF Mobilité. “We note in particular that trips related to shopping and services increase on telework days (28%) or are carried out during the week and during the day, rather than in the evening, on weekends or on days off (32% )”. In addition, telework has very concrete effects on the safety of motorists. Indeed, it would have made it possible to reduce the number of deaths by 35 and the number of serious injuries by 242 in traffic in 2021, according to estimates by the Vias institute. More than 3,000 accidents with fatalities or injuries have also been avoided. Finally, workers working one or more days from home seem more inclined to opt for soft mobility when they go to their place of work. Some respondents would be more motivated to take public transport rather than the car to get to work (29%) or to get on their bike (30%) thanks to the regular practice of teleworking. The train and public transport are more successful than with non-teleworkers with, respectively, 61% and 40% of users.

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