Teleworking in Spanish companies

A study promoted by Microsoft publishes interesting data on the implementation of telework in Spanish companies.

Telework in Spanish companies is here to stay. This has been one of the conclusions reached by a study promoted by Microsoft and carried out by Boston Consulting Group and KRC Research. The flexible models are preferred by more than 9,000 managers and workers interviewed from companies with more than 250 workers across Europe.

In this regard, the study shows that, on average, workers would like to spend at least a third of their time out of the office. However, spending time in the office is considered very valuable by both managers and employees as it helps to strengthen the bonds between colleagues. In addition, the study highlights that managers foresee a different way of working in the short term.

A year ago, only 15% of companies had a telework policy. Today, 76% of companies in Europe have one, a percentage that rises to 83% in the case of Spanish businesses. On the other hand, 8 out of 10 managers consider that remote work has brought associated with it an equal or higher productivity.

Challenges of remote work

Therefore, the challenge of teleworking is determined by the need for team cohesion and to connect workers to the company culture. That is to say, to maintain the corporate culture, to unite teams and to face a growing number of silos.

On the other hand, this set of factors to be taken into account can undermine the innovation process. In a more distant environment with fewer contacts and ties between workers and less business culture, it is more difficult for the ideas that lead us to innovate to emerge and prosper. In fact, if we compare the study with a similar one carried out last year, the perception of innovation is lower. A year ago, 56% of European managers considered their companies to be innovative, compared to 40% this year. In Spain, last year the percentage stood at 73% of the managers surveyed, while this year it has dropped to 41%.

How to foster innovation in the new work model

Some of the keys to consolidating productivity gains and incentivizing innovation in a hybrid work model are as follows:

  • Give teams greater autonomy. The more freedom employees have to tackle tasks and achieve their objectives, the more motivated they will be to innovate. In addition, it is important that there is a feeling that it is OK if they make mistakes, since mistakes can lead to reflection and learning for the future. This is a pending issue in the case of Spanish companies, whose workers are more concerned than the European average about making mistakes.
  • Protect concentration time. For example, with tools such as Microsoft Teams where you can mark statuses as 'Do Not Disturb'.
  • Support team leaders with training and coaching.
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