The success of teleworking during confinement caused many companies –especially technology ones– to consider implementing 100% remote work forever. This way of working was less expensive and, in principle, the employee was just as productive as in the office, or even more. But three years after the arrival of the pandemic, teleworking is losing followers.
The big technology companies in the United States are forcing their employees to return to the office for at least three days. Meta was in June the last of the bigtech to announce this measure, which will begin to be implemented next September. The group that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp thus joins large firms such as Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix or Salesforce.
Be that as it may, the data confirms that teleworking has regressed in Spain after the pandemic: according to the Active Population Survey (EPA), only 7.3% of the employed teleworked at least half the days of the week during the last quarter, far from the maximum of 16.2% registered during the confinement.
‘Coworking’ wins as a flexible alternative, despite WeWork
WeWork, the emblem of shared work offices, this week admitted serious doubts about whether it can continue with its business. But that does not mean that the rest of the competitors are doing badly. In fact, there are more companies than ever in the sector. “In Barcelona, we are noticing how demand is recovering to 2019 levels. Not only professionals and small companies hire us, but also large firms use the offices for face-to-face work by certain teams,” says Gabriel Espín, co-founder of the company. Atticco. According to the manager, co-working is a space that precisely offers the flexibility that digital workers demand in terms of working hours. This week, the giant Regus assured the Bloomberg agency that it has registered record revenues in the first six months of the year. The market is dynamic, despite the turmoil at WeWork. “The narrative hasn’t caught up with reality, and the reality is that large companies are moving toward a more flexible environment,” said Mark Dixon, CEO.