The appearance of the Covid-19 has caused changes in the daily routine of citizens that also affects the workplace, since in many sectors remote work has been imposed to prevent the spread of the pandemic and following the recommendations of the Executive, which includes In its deescalation plan, teleworking is preferred until phase 3, that is, at least until mid-June.
Work from home due to corona
However, several experts warn that the current model is not the one they defend nor does it imply a greater conciliation.
“This that we are living right now, is not conciliation or teleworking,” said the president of the National Commission for the Rationalization of Spanish Hours (ARHOE), Jose Luis Casero, and a Human partner in the Office. “We are facing a situation of confinement and deprivation of freedom of movement that causes a situation of forced and compulsory provision of work. But that is not the telework that we have all defended and we will continue to do so,” says the expert, who declares himself a defender. of “hourly flexibility and telework as a model for the organization of companies and entities”.
“To begin with, neither before nor now nor afterwards, any productive sector can telework. But also, now, that type of activity or function that allows it must be done in a mandatory, urgent and unplanned way. And even with a lack of tools and adequate spaces, without secure private networks and where data protection is conspicuous by its absence, “he warns.
As Casero points out, “in normal situations, a well-planned and developed telework is a model of productivity and conciliation in which the company and the worker win”. However, he continues, “in situations of health crisis, confined work at home with inadequate technological tools can be a response patch to continue minimally.”
Working at home with inadequate technological tools can be a patch to keep going minimally
A study published by EAE Business School regarding the impact of Covid-19, and published in April, indicates that the current crisis has prompted teleworking in Spain in 88% of companies compared to 4% before the pandemic. The Netherlands, Finland and Luxembourg are the European countries with the most teleworkers before the health crisis (with percentages of 14%, 13.3% and 11%, respectively), triple that of Spain, which barely reached 4% quoted, according to Eurostat data collected in a recently published case study of the National Statistics Institute (INE).
In any case, Randstad warned in March, after the royal decree-law of urgent measures approved by the Government promoting telework, that only 4.4 million Spaniards , 22.3% of the employed population, can telework .
Looking ahead, Casero believes that “it is time to plan well what will be done after the confinement situation” and advocates “planning, creating incident management and telework plans, not necessarily linked to crises, but as an element generator of advantages for the company and for the employee “, while betting on the setting of objectives, technological tools, protocols or internal communication in companies.