Telecommuting is Not Fully Exploited

Although working from home is considered a non-wage incentive because of the flexibility and benefits it provides to the employee, this mode of work is not yet a trend for companies in Guatemala.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Implementing work from home or home office, is a modality increasingly popular among executives and professionals who see the benefits that telecommuting provides. However, this forces companies to make certain changes that, it seems, not all are willing to make.

Devadit Barahona, of the Sofex Commission of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport), explained to that "... You need to create trust between worker and employer, since the work is done remotely."

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Alejandra Aqueche, country manager of CCK Guatemala, indicated that "... the experience applied in the firm (public relations) is that apart from the increase in productivity, this flexible work scheme has allowed them to reduce the stress of traffic and has increased the levels of motivation and emotional bond with the company by up to 45%."

According to data from the Manpower Group, in the country the areas that contract most under this scheme of work are design, communication, lawyers, human resources, technology areas and consulting for specific projects.

In Central America progress has been made in legislating on the issue, such as Costa Rica. At the end of July, the 21,141 Law to Regulate Telework was approved, which aims to regulate this activity as an instrument to generate employment.

The purpose of the law is to promote, regulate and implement telecommuting as an instrument for the generation of employment and modernization of public and private organizations, through the use of information and communication technologies.

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