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Survey: nearly 80% of workers in Latvia would like to work off-site

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUFour out of five respondents believe employers should provide their employees the right to work outside of the office, according to results of a recent survey carried out by TNS about residents’ and entrepreneurs’ work habits.

As it turns out, very few enterprises actually employ methods and devises for out-of-office work nowadays. Approximately 58% of companies whose employees sometimes work outside of the office use specialized computer equipment for that. Only 38% of companies use business-specific technologies and options (accessing work-email, company information databases, etc.).

«Having analysed survey results, we have come to the conclusion that entrepreneurs have different views on allowing employees to work off-site. Three out of five interviewed entrepreneurs agree that the ability to work off-site only increases employee loyalty. Nevertheless, as many entrepreneurs believe working from home or any other location outside of the bureau causes employees’ work efficiency to decline,» – said TNS Large Client Director Ilva Pudule during the BiSMART event dedicated to off-site working.

Employees are just as divided on this topic as employers. Employees mention the ability to plan their times as the main advantage of working from home. At the same time, one of the biggest disadvantages is the fact that personal needs often prevent from diving into work properly.

BiSMART experts explain that working off-site is a new trend in Latvia. This is why there is not enough experience for people to properly plan their time and work priorities. This is partially proven that respondents aged 18 to 29 express the largest concerns over working outside of the office.

«It is possible to use technologies that do not cost much. There are software programmes that allow users to monitor progress of other people remotely. This opens the way for effective project management opportunities, time planning and other productivity management tools,» – explains LMT Corporate Client Service Director Edgars Grandans.

Grandans emphasized that it is important that employers who are aware of these and many other remote management tools can effectively organize their employees’ work effectively and productively.

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