A recent Bank of Spain survey reflects an increase in the remote working modality of 80% of those surveyed, as a result of Covid-19. Previously, in 2019, only 4.8% of the Spanish workforce reported working from home regularly and 3.5% occasionally, according to Eurostat.
In this environment, some companies, almost all of the tech multinationals, have let their employees know that they can work remotely all the time, until it is safe to return to the office. In many of these companies, new policies are being implemented in an attempt to improve working conditions outside the office, whether through technological tools, ergonomic work furniture and physical health support. and mental.
“Remote working arrangements, such as coworking and coliving spaces, have seen positive growth in recent years, with pleasant offices based on collaborative work, in cities or rural areas, which have a great supply of professional infrastructure and associated services such as wellness offerings in gymnasiums, massages, yoga workshops, homeschooling, meeting spaces and specialized communities ”, states Ângela Martins, People Director & Human Capital Manager of AV Group
On the other hand, the new environment requires new solutions and a legal framework adapted to the demands of the labor market, with more flexibility, responsibility and autonomy. Although many companies have teleworking policies in place, many do not have specific regulations. In order to minimize these differences, the new regulation in Spain, RDL 28/2020, comes into force on October 13, 2020. For its correct application, a series of requirements are mentioned, such as: voluntary nature, time to remote work if it represents, but less, 30% of the working day and provides employees with the necessary means and equipment.
According to Ângela Martins, “remote working leads us to an exponential growth of the digital economy, as evidenced by the Digital Spain 2025 plan, because the traditional model must be transformed, not only because of the coronavirus, but because it the continuous and inexorable evolution of the business world demands it. In addition, the increase in teleworking will bring unprecedented changes in the workforce and in the economy, as it will allow more flexibility, if the technological and social conditions are created for it, for each particular case “.
For all this, the future of telework will be in the concept of “work from anywhere” (WFA) which replaces the policies of “work at home” (WFH), in addition to hybrid solutions will be promoted (not only at home. , not just in the office), because studies indicate that in the years to come, it will be possible to work from home, a few days a week, and use third-party spaces or hubs, with different configurations from those of the offices current, to connect.
“Ultimately, organizations will find ways to organize work that will allow more flexible working relationships and remotely motivate their employees, minimizing the impact of distance and sharing values based on trust” , concludes the board of directors of AV Group.