A hybrid model, which combines 2 working days from home and 3 days in the office per week, is intended to be implemented by Bulgarian companies in the future. This was stated by 79% of 250 Bulgarian companies from 13 different sectors that participated in a leadership support poll, as reported by the newspaper “24 Hours”.
The study, conducted in late 2020, refers to the organization of work during the pandemic. In 62% of enterprises, employees had a better balance between life and work, almost 80% of companies said their productivity had increased, while 46% of companies surveyed said their employees’ skills had improved.
During the pandemic, companies reduced their physical presence and accelerated the digitalization trend in many business sectors. More than 88% of companies surveyed say the major transformation occurred as a result of using new digital tools for collaboration and communication. In the pandemic, all the meetings took place on various online platforms, from interviews and negotiations, to important business meetings, which before the pandemic would have been unimaginable to take place online.
Despite the difficulties of working remotely, more than half of the enterprises claim to have handled the emergency better than expected. In the new environment, HR managers and professionals had to focus on the engagement, experience, training and development of their employees. Leaders had to acquire new skills that are essential to teleworking.
The study was also conducted in Germany in order to make a comparative analysis between Bulgarian and German companies regarding their adaptation to the “new normal”. According to the results, Bulgarian companies, which estimate that their employees have improved their computer skills, are 15% more than German ones. Thanks to telework, 30% more Bulgarians surveyed said their people were tired of the restrictions and wanted to go back to the “good old days”. However, there is a unanimous opinion of German and Bulgarian companies that a hybrid mode of operation and mixed management, with physical and digital presence, is the next way of management.
In early February, the European Parliament adopted rules governing teleworking to distinguish it from leisure. The reason was that at work from home, most employees were in a situation where they were always tied up and working hours exceeded deadlines. This had risks of excessive stress, anxiety and even depression, according to experts. According to studies, people who work from home are more likely to work overtime than office workers.
The resolution allows employees to turn off their office phones and not respond to work hours after hours, without adverse consequences.