What word do you think of buzz word for the business context in 2020? Social distance, touchless and so on. Probably, many people think that remote working is the first choice. According to review 42, we can see the fascinating statistic about remote working:

  • 55% of businesses globally offer some capacity for remote work
  • 18% of the workforce telecommute on a full-time basis
  • 77% of telecommuters report being more productive
  • 37% of remote workers say the best way to boost productivity is to take regular breaks
  • 30% of telecommuters save upward of $5,000 a year
  • $11,000 is how much companies can save annually for each employee that works remotely half-time
  • People who work remotely earn $4,000 more per year on average
  • 99% of remote workers want to continue telecommuting in the future
  • 90% of remote workers would recommend working remotely to a friend

Will almost everyone be able to do remote work?

As we talked before, we come up with the next question: Will almost everyone be able to do remote work all over the world? I think the answer would be “No”. It is true that the safety and health of employees are the priority for most companies (probably every company), but it does not necessarily mean that every employee can do the remote work. For example, in many factories all over world, first-line operators have to be in each factory and take care of their business there. Also, we have to consider the fact that corporates should protect workers’ right such as salary, promotion, training and reimbursement.

However, the regulations of remote work are different from country to country, even from company to company. Therefore, we pay attention to how company and country deal with remote work. It is better for us to rethink what is our priority in our work and life. and what is our decision.

As we see the other article, companies find a new opportunity to sell upgraded products relating to remote working. When we experience, there are both opportunities and risks. When we understand the rules or restrictions in each region, it might help us make use of opportunties.

The Case Study: Spain

According to El Pais, the Spanish government, unions and business associations reached a preliminary agreement on September 21st on a new decree that regulates remote working. There are several important legal aspects as follows.

  1. Remote working is considered regular by Law when, within a period of three months, a minimum of 30% of the working day is lent throughout this modality.
  2. Employees taking remote working in will have the same rights as the ones granted to employees rendering services in the workplace and will be entitled to receive the same remuneration as if he or she was actually working in the office.
  3. Remote working will be voluntary, it can be modified and, therefore, will be reversible.
  4. In order to access to remote working, the Company and the employee at issue will have to negotiate said access in writing by means of a work agreement which will have to be provided with the minimum obligatory content (schedule, remote working place…)
  5. This Law also refers to the rights granted to employees performing remote working: the right to receive training; the right to professional promotion; the right to maintenance of equipment and tools; the right to receive a compensation for the expenses incurred; the right to flexible working hours; the right to register working hours; the right to privacy and data protection; and the right to digital disconnection. Also, the occupational risks prevention law will also be fully applicable to said employees.
  6. The Company has to meet the following rights and obligations: business powers of organization, management and business control: data protection and cyber security; establishment of conditions and instruction regarding the use and maintenance of equipment; power of control through telematic means.