People are becoming more connected and more appreciative of their time. It is a reality that affects all areas of life, including work. Therefore, it is not surprising that teleworking is a growing demand among Spanish employees, who most value flexible hours and the possibility of working remotely when needed, according to Adecco.
The global labour organization reported that a few companies offered their employees the possibility of teleworking, and that only 7% of all workers benefited from this system. Even then it was detected as a symptom that companies are not adapting to the new needs of workers and trends in the workplace, despite having the resources to enable the employee to be connected to his or her working environment.
It is important for companies to seek a balance between face-to-face and telematic working days. Employees benefit from this condition by saving time and other resources associated with transport, food or clothing, as well as having greater ease in reconciling them. Companies, in turn, will see a reduction in their expenditure on electricity, water, and other resources, while directly influencing employee productivity and motivation and, consequently, talent retention.
On the other hand, coming to the office is also important for employee development, as sharing a workplace helps employees learn from each other’s skills, promotes team spirit and joint work.
The perfect balance
So what’s the perfect balance? Here are some guidelines for starting to implement telework in companies:
It keeps employees from having to come to the office on days when they are out of work, so that if they have to make road trips they can do so the day before or at less congested times. It will have a positive impact on their motivation and safety.
It offers teleworking on days with bad weather conditions. Whether there is a torrential rain or a heat wave, it is likely that the worker will prefer to stay at home and work, as it will save a lot of time on travel, be safer and more comfortable.
Work from home when you are dependent on a different time zone. A call with a supplier in Colombia or the reception of some files from China… On the days that the employee has to work with other people who are governed by a different schedule, it is good to offer the possibility of teleworking. This way, you can make your schedule more flexible and take advantage of the most productive hours.
Whenever possible, it makes it easier to work remotely when the employee reports a relative’s illness, a doctor’s appointment or the need to do some paperwork. If you can reconcile work with your personal life, you will avoid having to ask for days off and will reduce your stress. It will also increase your level of satisfaction with the company and, consequently, your commitment to it.
It allows employees living abroad to telework. This will allow you to hire the best, even if they live in a different city or have another job. Depending on the conditions of each one, teleworking can be total or partial, it can be complemented with a Ticket Dietas to control the expense and to you, as a company, it will open a wider range and will allow you to have the best professionals.
An incentive for employees
It offers flexible remuneration options that can also be used when working remotely, such as restaurant tickets or petrol tickets. This is an incentive for employees, who will not see an increase in cost when working away from the office and will be motivated.
If you don’t know where to start, start on Wednesdays. There is an American tendency to give that day to telework, for several reasons: it divides the week very well, it helps to take a psychological break and it allows the employee to better distribute his time and leave the tasks he can do individually for that day, optimizing the working hours.
As you can see, teleworking can be implemented progressively, adapting to the needs of employees and also to those of the company itself. Offering it gradually will allow you to see which departments work best remotely, which days work best or what real savings your company can make. Employees will learn how to organize their time and will see an increase in their productivity and motivation, which in the long term is beneficial for all parties.