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LatinAmerican Post | Ariel Cipolla
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Teleworking began to be increasingly implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. According to what the CNN website portrays, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that his employees will be able to work from home until the middle of next year.
Of course, changing the work routine means a change, not only for employees, but also for companies themselves. We are not only talking about the structures or mechanics to carry out the activities, but also some innovations that may occur in legislative matters.
For example, Argentina is considering a Telework Law, which "does not stimulate job creation or job formality." In other words, there are several things that must be taken into account, both in the reality of some companies and the challenges that they must face in the future, but also in the present. Let's see what happens.
Teleworking: challenges and concerns for companies
Some time ago, we could already observe the creation of digital companies. According to what Página 12 mentions, by 2011 business models could be seen presenting themselves as “computer companies”, which only unite clients and service providers, that is, they are simply intermediaries in a specific sector.
However, this implies a paradigm shift for workers. In this sense, many of them are self-employed, hired by companies in charge of outsourcing jobs that other companies will later acquire. If companies can avoid paying the social charges of a blank worker to hire other freelancers in specific tasks, it seems clear that it will be the option chosen by employers.
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However, that implies modifying an entire structure of productivity that, in the first place, is not easily applicable to all companies. For example, a fast food company will always need cooks. Even though some customer service employees may be replaced by machines, it is true that “onsite” work cannot be replaced. But what about administrative tasks?
Well, this is what the website of La Nación tries to highlight, saying that it is necessary "to legislate for the future and not for the past." Knowing that more than 50% of employees would prefer to continue working from home in administrative tasks, it is necessary to think about how to implement remote work.
The growth potential of telecommuting companies appears to be twofold, for both employers and employees, although you have to adapt first. For example, the Contxto website highlights that Latin American managers had to generate investments to bridge material gaps, such as buying laptops or licenses for remote work programs.
At the same time, optimization of digital resources must be intensified . In this sense, the Spanish media says that companies "redouble their cybersecurity before the incorporation of teleworking", making all systems safe. However, it seems to be a real investment that, in the future, could mean improvements for both parties, as we have already said.
On the one hand, if workers are formally registered, they can have the advantage of a more flexible work methodology. That is, having the possibility of finishing work "ahead of time" or taking different breaks, since, being from home, freedom is much greater. However, it also happens for freelancers, given that, according to the Eco365 website, "freelancers with clients outside the country" are growing.
This is why, according to the FanFan media, it is time to "change and break free." The fact of being locked up allows new opportunities, both for companies and workers. Being able to work for different clients, having more work comforts within a single company and even having these cut your working time can be a chance for employment in the region to proliferate.