89 pct of employees want to continue partly working from home

  • 2021-04-09
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – A global labor market survey conducted by Boston Consulting Group, CVKeskus.ee and The Network, which connects world job portals, revealed that 89 percent of employees want to work remotely at least one day a week even after the health crisis.

Most employees in the survey pointed out that they would prefer a hybrid work organization -- to work two to three days a week at home and the rest of the time in the office, Estonian job portal CVKeskus.ee said.

The desire for more flexible work arrangements was expressed not only by office workers, but also by employees in the customer service sector and manual workers, who said that would like the kind of work arrangements that would allow them to work remotely from time to time.

"51 percent of people working in the Baltics said they would like to work at home two or three days a week even after the health crisis," Henry Auvaart, marketing chief at CVKeskus.ee, said. "18 percent of respondents would prefer to switch to teleworking completely, and only 14 percent of respondents said they would not want to work remotely at all," he added.

"In addition, the study revealed that the employer's values have become more important to employees and must coincide with the employee's beliefs," Auvaart said.

"Namely, more than every other jobseeker excludes employers who do not meet their beliefs on equality, sustainable environment and responsible entrepreneurship," he added.

As expected, the past year also affected factors that people consider important at work. In addition to flexible work organization, job security and the opportunity to work for a financially stable employer were highly valued.

However, the respondents considered the most important factor to be a pleasant relationship with colleagues and the employer and a good work-life balance. Employees also attached great importance to competitive pay and recognition for their work.

The opportunities to develop and pursue a career in the company, to learn new skills and, of course, to make the job itself exciting were also highly valued.

The survey involved more than 200,000 workers from 190 countries.