Employers Preserve Work-From-Home

Employers have continued to allow parts and entire workforces to work remotely keeping the future of work as flexible.

According to a survey by KPMG which was published last week, 42 per cent of East Africa Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) indicated they are planning to have most of their employees working remotely for at least two or more days per week.

Local CEOs are more enthusiastic of hybrid working than their global counterparts where only 37 per cent of global executives are keeping the remote option open.

The survey states organizations have continued to analyze the implications of re-opening their offices especially citing constraints around vaccine access.

Despite the impetus for remote work, only 21 per cent of CEOs are looking to consolidate their physical locations in contrast to 69 per cent of executives in a survey done in mid-2020.

41 per cent of companies surveyed in the region now state they are investing in shared office spaces to allow for increased flexibility.

Even so, remote work remains dogged by a variety of headwinds as explained by Brenda Msangi, the Chief Executive Officer to the Dar es Salaam based Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation Tanzania.

“First of all the question is to how reliable and stable connectivity is when people are working from home and two, do they have the devices which are an additional cost to the organisation,” she said.

Ms Msangi cites other drawbacks to remote work including cyber security, power interruptions and lack of exposure to remote work tools.

Even so, her organisation has continued to embrace the switch and has recently held its first ever remote strategy meeting with participants across the globe.



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