Remote working is a practise that has been with us for longer than we think. It is true that it has strongly surged due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but digitalisation and economy globalisation were setting out a trend even before.
This trend is led by Northern European countries, with Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland with the highest percentages of employed people that exclusively work from home (Eurostat, data from 2019). On the other side, countries with the lowest rate of remote workers are those that typically receive the greatest number of tourists and where this sector has a higher relevance in the national economy. Spain is, you guessed, among the latter.
Big companies are also shifting from traditional office-based roles to more flexible patterns where employees will be given the opportunity to decide where and when they want to work, resulting in a better work-life balance. International press is echoing how multinational corporations are introducing a new approach to work having proved that remote working is not affecting performance and trust is highly acknowledged by employees.
There’s no question that work patterns are changing (…). We expect to move to a more hybrid work style which will be a mixture of home and office” Bernard Looney, BP CEO, August 2020
Spotify will let employees work from anywhere they do their best ‘Thinking and Creating’” Forbes, February 2021
HSBC will slash office space by 40%” Daily Mail, January 2021
Revolut staff members who wish to work outside their country (…) will be able to do so for a period of up to 60 calendar days over a rolling 12 months” Bloomberg, April 2021
Teleworking wants to contribute to this shift of trend by filling this void in the market while supporting local economies to thrive.