Acerta: ‘Minority of employers to offer freedom of teleworking’
More than six out of ten companies in Belgium (60,9%) want their employees present on the work floor for at least three days a week. One in ten managers even demands full presence. These are the conclusions of a survey by human resources service provider Acerta together with KU Leuven and specialist HR-journal ZigZagHR. The survey was organized among 280 companies.
The survey shows that the government’s strong recommendation for teleworking has disappeared in Flanders and Wallonia. Still, nine out of ten interrogated employers (89,9%) are in favor of a ‘hybrid working formula’ and will offer the possibility of working from home. However, the other 10% are against teleworking, and 9% of them want their employees present.
Slightly more than 60% prefer to have employees on the work floor but allow teleworking as an alternative. Only 1% of employers fully opt for teleworking.
Kathelijne Verboomen, director of Acerta Consult: “We recommend companies to return to ‘normal’. Gathering on the work floor is better to improve the connection between employers and employees, and we advise organizing value-adding activities, like brainstorms, team meetings, and consultation moments. We also plead for informal activities.”
A hybrid working formula does not only imply the place to work but also time: people might be working synchronous or asynchronous, physically together or physically apart.
The Acerta survey was organized from June 21st till July 6th, 2021, and 280 panel members participated. The participating members were CEO, HR director, HR Business Partner, HR Manager or head of payrol.