The option of teleworking (also known as remote work) has managed to improve labor productivity by 30% and allowed workers to save 47 hours per month to dedicate to their lives and families, according to a pilot program by Indecopi.
Having fulfilled this as of September 3 - the one year anniversary of the implementation of Indecopi's telecommuting pilot - the 25 workers that took advantage of the new work mechanism reported that their productivity rates widely improved, while also managing to devote more time to family labor.
Regarding the improvement of productivity, according to the measurements made by HR management of Indecopi, the individual work of these employees improved by up to 30%, while the collective work improved up to 10% with respect to the goal proposal in tasks such as the preparation of draft resolutions, patentability exams, and records.
Regarding the work-family life balance, according to a satisfaction survey conducted among teleworkers, 75% said that teleworking allowed increasing the time available to assume family responsibilities, compared to their previous situation.
The time they now devote to their families is greatly obtained from not having to commute from home to office and vice versa. For example, before joining telecommuting, an Indecopi employee spent 58 hours a month on average commuting, while comparatively at present, that number drops to an average of 11 hours a month due to only monthly required office visits. Roughly, this saves 47 hours a month per employee.
Another benefit is the improved usage of information and communication technology, which in turn contributes to positive environmental factors - less paper, less waste, less energy used and greenhouses gases created through commuting.
The premiere public entity
Indecopi was the first public entity to implement the teleworking labor model in Spain, with the participation of 25 workers. Another 7 employees are in the process of joining this labor modality. The goal, at the end of the year, is to triple the figure and it is projected to reach 150 teleworkers by 2020.
The following areas of Indecopi participate in the first stage of Teleworking: Specialized Chamber for the Elimination of Bureaucratic Barriers, Direction of Distinctive Signs and Direction of Inventions and New Technologies.
The telecommuting modality allows Indecopi employees who participate in it to provide their services with the same quality and efficiency from outside the work center, but always under supervision, so that the institution can ensure compliance with the assigned work, as well as the fulfillment of the institutional objectives set.
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