HR study: ‘half of Belgian employees put in more hours teleworking’
Half of all Belgian employees (49%) indicate that they work more hours at home than the hours they used to put in at the office before the corona crisis outbreak. They also find themselves more productive thanks to teleworking. A study by human resources service provider Acerta and job site Stepstone among 3 000 working Belgians came to these conclusions.
The figures show that teleworking is here to stay – also after the health crisis. However, the other side of the picture is that many employees (69%) experience more pressure from work.
Most companies easily and successfully adopted teleworking. As a result, half of all Belgian employees are more productive at home; only 15% estimate their working level lower than at the office.
According to Hannelore Van Meldert, managing consultant Acerta Consult, people spend more time at the computer because the one or two hours used for commuting are now transformed into working hours. People also work harder to safeguard their jobs.
The corona crisis also increased the pressure from work. As a result, most employees feel that their work-life balance is disturbed, which is a risk, according to the experts. “Managers or people in charge play an important part in this,” explains Van Meldert. “They should agree on availability and create room to move in this new working situation.”
The data are based on the annual ‘Talent Pulse’ study by Stepstone and Acerta. The 12th edition of the survey was organized in March 2021 and questioned more than 3 000 Belgian employees.