-7 out of 10 businesses have embraced a remote or hybrid working model. 

-Only 6% of employers require physical presence at the workplace

Companies are further adopting a flexible working model, where employees work from home, as well as on-site. According to a recent market research conducted by Randstad Hellas, is was shown that remote working is essential to maintaining financially healthy businesses and allow employees to keep their jobs. The research was conducted between August 31 and September 4 and included HR executives from multiple industries of the Greek market.

A few months past the lockdown, employees have returned to work. However, the impact of the current financial crisis is evident throughout the Greek market. As a result, it is crucial to reassess the traditional work model, taking measures that will control job elimination. Accordingly, companies have been evaluating current work models and practices, focusing on strategies that will allow them to maintain their workforce.

2 out 10 companies have fully applied the remote work model until the end of the year. 5 out of 10 companies have chosen the hybrid work model, with 50% - 80% of employees working from home 3 days per week. Only 6% of companies continue to apply the traditional work model, with all employees working on site. Moreover, 23% of companies will allow remote working to 10% – 30% of their employees.

Plans on safely returning to work

In the post Covid19 era, new methods and procedures have been employed in an attempt to maintain a balance between employee safety and work productivity. The ‘new normality’ includes free diagnostic tests, staying in quarantine for several days when needed, workplace expansion, rotating in-office presence, as well as remote working. However, it must be said that a flexible or hybrid work model is not efficient when it comes to Sales, Production, or Logistics departments. On the other hand, it can be successfully applied in departments such as HR, Financial, Accounting and further executive teams.

New issues about workforce, recruiters, HR, and governments
While the traditional work model is being revised in order to control employment downsizing across sectors, the current situation also raises questions about employee productivity, workflow, equal opportunities, as well as employment law updates regarding employee safety.  Moreover, there is also doubt when it comes to professional development, due to the global recession. According to recent studies, it was shown that global unemployment rates will double during the current year, reaching 11,5%.

Randstad’s Managing Director in Greece, Mrs Leigh Ostergard, stated: ‘Through our latest research, we conclude that the return to the office period has been overall successful. This is a result of flexible measures taken by companies at multiple levels. Since the current situation is ambiguous, it is possible that everyday work life will be further affected. As a result, HR teams are empathizing with employees while focusing on hygiene measures in order to protect them, as well as enhance their productivity. The current study has shown that the hybrid work model has been the most popular and most successful in terms of employee retention. Overall, companies must understand the important of retraining their employees, helping them embrace the latest, digital environment of the ‘new work life’.  The current crisis has shown us that a workforce needs encouragement, trust, and respect, in order to be able to positively adapt to the new reality.’