Savings in operating costs and employee satisfaction are the main advantage of teleworking, according to the entrepreneurs surveyed by the Business Confederation (CIP) and the ISCTE FutureCast Lab marketing.
More than four out of ten (43%) respondents believe that the productivity of teleworkers has "remained unchanged", while 10% replied that "it has improved".
The second largest share (31%) considers that "it is too early to evaluate" and 16% of the surveyed companies believe that productivity "has worsened".
The reduction in operating costs is the main advantage found by companies (27%), immediately followed by "workers' motivation" (26%). The focus on tasks and the increase in productivity is pointed out by 15% of companies.
Conversely, the dispersion of workers with domestic and family activities is the main disadvantage identified by the companies (43%), followed by the lack of communication between the teams (30%) and the lack of control (15%).
Companies want to be able to choose
Although the majority of companies evaluate telework positively and more than half intend to continue to adopt it permanently, CIP members are very clear in replying that they prefer the legislation to make telework dependent accordingly, which means that the employer can always block this option.
This is because 59% consider that the rule of the Labor Code should be returned, which provides that teleworking is only possible by agreement.
This was the Government's intention with the new rules that came into force with this new phase of deflation. As a rule, teleworking depends on agreement, although still with relevant exceptions: parents with children under 12 and workers with chronic diseases continue to have the right to require teleworking, as well as workers in companies that do not adequately guarantee the rules. health and safety recommended by DGS and ACT.
The survey was carried out on a sample of 954 companies mainly from industry and energy (39%) and from "other services" (29%), where large companies are "oversized".
More than half of these companies (63%) had functions compatible with teleworking and the majority (92%) adopted it, albeit partially.