Telecommuting is Here to Stay

A study carried out among companies in Guatemala concludes that eight out of ten companies consider continuing with the work-from-home modality once the crisis generated by covid-19 is over.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Higher levels of productivity, better balance between personal life and work, added to savings in travel time and expenses, are part of the benefits of implementing the modality of working from home or another place other than the traditional office. In the unfortunate context in which the Central American region lives due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the impact it has had at the economic level, the positive results that have been achieved with the possibility of working from home show that, from every crisis, something good always comes out.
For example, "... Andrés Reyes runs a technology company, and rents a 600 square meter office. Half of his collaborators have been working from home for more than two months due to the health emergency in covid-19, and recently he decided to move the facilities to a smaller space, because when the opening phase starts he will continue with that modality." explains that "... This case reflects the perception of 165 company managers and workers who collaborated in the study developed by the firm Grant Thornton Guatemala, in early May, to learn about the impact of teleworking in times of crisis in Guatemala."

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The truth is that, although it cannot be applied in all companies or to all tasks, remote working offers substantial improvements in staff availability and cost reduction.

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"... Of the companies that participated, 23% are small, 33% medium and 44% large. Of the total number of respondents, 84% are open to continue with teleworking once the crisis generated by covid-19 has passed."

From the perspective of the companies' employees, although at first the change generated difficulties, "60 days after confinement it became a widespread option. 61% of the people surveyed stated that the balance between life and work has been good due to telecommuting, because despite the change in their routine, the way of interacting with co-workers and having to focus on a single environment, the majority adapted quickly, and it is for this reason that 50% considered the possibility of continuing with this modality."

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