The project analysed and evaluated pilot studies on the introduction of teleworking in the form of "neighbourhood offices" in the UK, Germany and Austria.
These teleworking facilities or "tele-cottages" are situated in rural areas of Europe. Some of the local networks are also being linked on an international scale. Basically, a neighbourhood office in a tele-cottage offers a viable organisational model for teleworking, although customer acquisition has proved more difficult than expected. For this reason, the pilot studies have been financed mostly by public organisations. The setting up of neighbourhood offices takes longer and can involve higher operating costs than teleworking at home. Against this are a number of significant advantages, such as the office-like working environment with corresponding social contacts and learning possibilities, better technical amenities, and higher exploitation of capacities. Teleworking is not yet regarded by businesses as an innovative organisational form and their examination of neighbourhood offices has only just begun. A national study on regional effects on the labour market following on from the international EU project is currently being prepared.