Remote work is nothing new, but its adoption gained momentum during the covid-19 pandemic. According to the report Digital Transformation in Latin America – 2021, by the Atlantico venture capital fund, 64% of Latin American companies should bet on this format in the coming years.
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Before the pandemic, 69% of companies adopted the face-to-face work and 25% the hybrid option. Only 9% opted for the remote model. Now, the first and third places have reversed: in addition to 64% of companies betting on remote work, the number of companies in the hybrid model has risen to 31% and only 5% of organizations have face-to-face activities.
Julio Vasconcellos, managing partner at Atlantico, says the survey shows a trend that should be seen in the coming years. “Remote work pleases both companies and employees,” he says. Only 4% of respondents say they did not work remotely during the pandemic. Most say they only need to be in person at external meetings and conferences (40%) or that they only go to the office a few days a month (22%).
The survey shows that 86% of executives believe their teams remain as innovative in the home office as they were in the face-to-face format. In addition, 79% feel that productivity remains at the same level as before teleworking.
With the pandemic, companies in Latin America started to hire globally: 39% already have professionals from outside the city or country where they are located and 45% lost workers to companies from other countries, inside and outside the region. In addition, 35% of former employees of the organizations participating in the survey found work abroad.
Companies were asked about the activities of employees who work remotely. Among them, 33% believe that their employees do not have parallel activities, 30% do not know, 29% that professionals perform extra activities in other periods and 8% believe that they do two jobs at the same time.