The Ministry for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development has launched a pilot project for remote working for all its employees. Remote working is a working style that allows employees to work outside the traditional office environment. The main concept is that work does not necessarily need to be carried out in a specific place to be executed successfully. Remote working was offered to all employees according to job suitability.
Simultaneously, remote workspaces were launched offering the possibility for employees to book spaces to set up meetings with their colleagues or to work for a few hours from such spaces. Employees have the flexibility to plan their work days so their professional and personal lives can be balanced while giving the maximum output.
The workspace facilities are not only convenient and comfortable, but booking spaces in them is easy and they are equipped with the most advanced technology. These remote workspaces are available on a 24/7 basis allowing employees to be more flexible in their working schedule.
The aim of remote working is to increase productivity and efficiency while maintaining a high level of work–life balance. According to the feasibility study carried out as part of the pilot project, both direct and indirect benefits have been indicated. Among others, these do not only include financial benefits but also positive environmental effects through the reduction in traffic.
Advancements in technology is facilitating the transition to remote working. This was complemented with training delivered for all remote workers both at management and non-managerial levels.