Slovenia: Companies endorse work-from-home scheme

Slovenia: Companies endorse work-from-home scheme

A survey showed that the vast majority of Slovenian companies are considering increasing the share of work conducted from home in the long-term, meaning establishing it post-corona. The poll also showed that companies are more optimistic now than during the spring coronavirus wave.

In the study carried out in September and October by consultancy Kearney in cooperation with AmCham Slovenija, 96% of the polled companies stated that they fully or partially agree that working from home will become more permanent in the long-term.

This follow-up poll after the initial one conducted in the spring, additionally showed that companies are more optimistic in their forecasts than during the spring coronavirus wave, AmCham Slovenija announced on Monday, noting that the survey had been completed before the epidemic and a lockdown had been declared for the second time.

According to the survey, on average, companies expect revenue to fall by 3% this year compared to 2019, a stark contrast to the forecasts for a 15% drop in the spring. The expected dive in employment shrank from 6% to 3%, while the expected drop in investment changed from 13% to 4%. Researchers believe that most companies took the likelihood of a second wave into account when proceeding with these forecasts.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has encouraged managers to develop new competencies for facing the challenges on the market. More than half of the companies polled report partial or significant changes in the competence and manner of operations.

As media in Slovenia reported, most companies are pursuing measures that strengthen labour process flexibility and digitalisation. The most frequently mentioned measures listed by positive effects were flexibility measures (64%), business digitalisation (40%) and internal de-bureaucratization (32%).

Work from home turned out to be a positive measure for more than a third of the companies involved in the survey. 37% reported greater productivity, 54% raised satisfaction levels and more motivation among staff.

“Six months into the pandemic, companies have entered a ‘new normal’. This means that most of them did not return to the old tracks but evolved today, because of the measures introduced, and are better equipped for the current and potential next crisis waves”, Kearney partner Marko Derča writes.

As many as 84% of the companies strongly agree that there will be more work from home in the future long-term, making up a 31% increase compared to the spring survey. Another 12% partly agree with this.

Almost two thirds, specifically 65%, expect a further strengthening of digital forms of work within organisations, which is marginally higher than in the spring.

Companies from the manufacturing sector moreover highlighted a greater focus on robotisation and automation (44%).

Furthermore, 82% of the companies polled expect a rise in electronic sales and the same share expects more intensive use of digital tools in their communication with clients.

The study involved 48 companies, all members of AmCham Slovenija. More than two-thirds operate in the professional and business services. /ibna