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Telework is imposed by the Coronavirus

What would happen in most companies if teleworking was imposed? Would they continue to move forward? Does this way of working have a future?

Entrepreneurs such as Matt Mullenweg (Wordpress) or Richard Branson (Virgin Group) have been practicing teleworking for a long time and have ensured the success of their companies with teleworking thanks to new technologies. For them the important thing is to have the right talent, be happy, motivated, committed people who can find a balance between work, family and leisure.

Similarly, Gallup studies indicate that not only has teleworking been growing in recent years, but it is also showing improved performance. The results of this research also indicate that employees who spend 60% to 80% of their time working remotely 3 or 4 days a week have a higher commitment, a feature that drives performance. Much of Gallup´s research shows that companies with committed employees have 41% less absenteeism, 40% fewer quality defects and 21% higher profitability.

I now work increasingly with managers who choose to send their employees home to work, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. How can this impact on the company?

According to Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University, they studied the profitability of working at home or in the office and found that those who worked at home were 13% more productive than those who worked in the office. The study was done at a Chinese multinational "Ctrip Call Center". The data showed that these employees had 50% less job burnout and increased job satisfaction.

All the data shown so far seems very optimistic. Could it mean an advance in this direction for telework in companies and society forced by the Coronavirus? Obviously, the situation we are currently facing is different. The Coronavirus is forcing companies, schools and public entities to carry out telework without having previously organized it, and this may lead to some disappointments.

Some difficulties in the current situation will be:

1. Companies do not have a previously designed plan and organization for teleworking.