Teleworking lands in the public sector improving reconciliation
Teleworking or the so-called distance work is a movement that moves very slowly in Spain. Due to information and communication technologies, 70% of workers believe that the same work could be done from their homes.
In 2018, 1.43 million people worked using this method to improve the trend of 2008. During the crisis it was a very valid system for reducing company costs.
At the Spanish level there are differences between the autonomous communities. In Madrid there is a greater implementation of distance work with 9.7%, in second place is Andalusia with 8.4% and thirdly the Valencian Community with 8.1%. Despite these data in all regions a progressive increase in teleworking is detected.
Example in the Public Sector
One of the pioneering initiatives that this teleworking boom has taken to improve productivity, management and working conditions of its workers is the City Council of Sarria, Galicia. On May 1, coinciding with the day of the worker, Mayor Pilar López signed the decree that regulates this initiative with the Lei do Empregado Público de Galicia. This initiative is a pilot plan to start teleworking for 6 months in the town hall. After this time it will be valued to implement it seriously for the future.
For what municipal employees they can work from home they must request it by instance and after meeting some requirements it will be approved being able to work from home three days a week. Although it must be said that being a job to the public, positions that require face-to-face services cannot telework from their homes. It is not the first example that this type of work can be applied to public employment and there is a real demand. The CSIF union moved in September 2018 a proposal so that these public employees can access this modality of distance work. This survey based on 8400 workers affirms that 85% of the workers would receive teleworking.
This example confirms that telecommuting is not just a matter of millennials and that it advances.