More than six in ten Belgian employees who work during the lockdown do so from home. This means that Belgium scores better than most neighboring countries. This has emerged from a study by CASS Business School London, IESE Business School Barcelona and HR service provider SD Worx.
The study compared the telework of salaried employees in six European countries. In addition to Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom were also included in the study. With 62 percent of white-collar workers working from home, Belgium has a high teleworking score. Only in the United Kingdom do homeworkers achieve an even larger share with 65 percent. But our country does precede Spain (60 percent), France (59 percent), the Netherlands (55 percent) and Germany (40 percent).
The differences can partly be explained by a different work culture, says SD Worx. In addition, the distribution of the sectors, the impact of the crisis and the various different precautionary measures also play a role. Teleworking also appears to be completely new to 41 percent of Belgian employees. Before the corona crisis, only twenty percent occasionally worked from home. For 1 percent, it was already the normal way of working before the lockdown.
According to the research, the switch has little influence on the total working time. Two thirds of Belgian employees spend as much time per day working as before. About 11 percent say they work more than usual, with an average increase of almost an hour and a half per day. One in five respondents (22 percent) work less than before the lockdown, together accounting for an average of two and a half hours less per day.