Acerta: ‘45% will keep on teleworking after lockdown’
Almost half (45%) of the Belgian companies want to continue teleworking after the corona crisis. That is what human resources company Acerta learned from a survey in April among 501 respondents. Most of them were CEO or human resources managers of several types of enterprises.
Physical and mental well-being
According to the survey, almost six out of ten will pay more attention to the physical and mental well-being of its staff when the corona measures will be gradually lifted. That is also why they consider maintaining the possibility of working from home.
More than half say they will anticipate stress-related problems, like burn-out and psycho-social complaints. One out of three companies also expects the need for fundamental measures due to the corona crisis.
“This crisis started as a health crisis, it transformed into an economic crisis, and now it becomes a mental crisis,” recognizes Yves Plees, director of Acerta. “So, we have to pay more attention to well-being and mental resistance.”
The economic damage remained limited for half of all interrogated companies. Partly thanks to governmental support. One in five could keep its results more or less at the same level. Four percent, however, is concerned about the survival of the company. Some 64 500 employees risk losing their jobs.
No recovery plan
Asked about the near future of the business, two out of three companies remain neutral or relatively positive. Only one-third is pessimistic. However, 45% assume they will still feel the consequences of the corona pandemic by the end of 2021.
By the end of April, one-quarter of all businesses had not reflected on the restart of activities yet. Most of them didn’t have a fully-fledged recovery plan. “A small percentage doesn’t have to worry because the corona crisis turned out positive for them; others might have underestimated themselves,” continues Plees. The imposed rules about hygiene and social distancing – also part of the restart process – are already a challenge.
First of all, most companies will have a short-term reaction. They will focus on the cost side by postponing investments, adapting prices, renegotiating terms of wages… “In a second phase, creativity pops up,” explains Plees. “Some (47%) will develop new products or services; others will stop particular activities (35,4%). Flexibility remains an important strategy to survive.”
Still, teleworking will remain after the lockdown. One in three companies will pay more attention to the training and education of its staff. One in twenty even considers making its staff available for other companies.