Almost all companies which activate in industry in Romania (98%) have implemented during this period as main measure for fighting the COVID-19 epidemics telework, show the results of a survey made by the Association Business Service Leaders in Romania (ABSL).
According to the research, in 43% of the industrial companies, between 90% and 100% of the employees work at home during this period, while 20% of them answered that about 70-80% of their employees work at home. At the same time, 16% of the organizations under discussion stated that the percentage of the employees who telework are between 50 and 60% of the total.
The ABSL survey shows the fact that telework has been, over the last period, one of the most attractive benefits offered to employees, before the COVID-19 pandemics. Thus, 71% of the companies offered as benefit to their employees the possibility to work at home, at least one day per week. As regards the impact of the pandemics on business, over half of the companies (51%) estimate that the situation will have a medium impact on the income of this year.
On the other hand, for the employees who cannot work at home ( in departments, such as Human Resources, services for clients, physical documents or technical personnel who have to ensure the maintenance of the equipment), the companies say that they made sure they will not use public transport, offering in exchange taxi paid services or ride sharing, fuel or company cards, additional parking places.
The ABSL survey, made between 12 and 16 March covered 49 companies, with a number of approximately 27,000 employees.
Association Business Service Leaders in Romania is the most important organization which represents the sector of business services, bringing together the most important companies on the market which work in such domains as Shared Services Center (SSC), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D).
The industry of business services generated last year growing income of over 4.5 billion euro, getting to over 2% of GDP. The sector covers 280 companies and over 131,000 employees, namely 2.4% of the total of employees in the Romanian economy.