Now more than ever, companies in Latin America are acknowledging the importance of being prepared to implement flexible working policies like teleworking or remote working. According to a study, Brazil is the leading country with more than 7 million teleworkers, followed by 2 million teleworkers in Mexico and Argentina, and one million teleworkers in Chile1. Without a doubt, the number will continue to increase while organizations from all sectors see the competitive advantages of implementing this model that allows people to work safely wherever and whenever necessary, while offering collaborators emotional salary to balance personal and professional life.
The reality is that some companies still express certain reluctance due to several factors like work culture, potential security breach and data loss or decrease in productivity. However, it is time to see “Digital Workplaces” technologies as true allies to overcome any challenge. Here are four aspects to consider when enforcing flexible policies:
Once these four aspects have been defined, organizations will be able to maximize the benefits of teleworking or remote working in terms of productivity, balance, and sustainability. In short, the increase in balance and the empowerment of employees that allows them to manage their own working time results in their overall wellbeing, which entails an increase in their commitment to the company. Additionally, by commuting less, the levels of CO2 emissions per employee are reduced, and the company saves fuel.
1 Source: First report of Teleworking in Latin America and the Caribbean published by the International Telework Academy Latin American and Caribbean, 2018.