Spain's remote workers move to the beach

Wed, Jul 15th, 2020

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As the weather gets hotter, Spain's remote workers move to the beach

With the coronavirus crisis keeping employees out of the office, many are escaping the heat in second residences on the coast and in the mountains

The coronavirus crisis has normalised teleworking in Spain. Now, as the temperature begins to rise, many workers have begun looking for a place to take refuge from the July heat, where they can continue to work remotely. Almost all, regardless of the sector, have become used to virtual meetings, to organizing their work and personal life in the same space, and to reporting over the telephone.

If we organise ourselves well, it is irrelevant whether the worker is in the physical workplace.

According to a study by the freelance services company Fiverr, 76% of small and medium businesses will maintain teleworking after the coronavirus crisis.

There are few specialties where remote working is not possible, at least partially. Not even publicity, which is traditionally dependent on the needs and conditions of clients. "The option [of teleworking] had been introduced by the agency a long time ago to improve work-life balance and increase productivity," says Javier Fraile, the managing director of PR agency Axicom. This meant the move to working from home and second residences did not have any impact on the business. Fraile connects four days a week from Lián, on the coast of A Coruña in Galicia. Until September, he can work anywhere he likes and after that, different options will be offered to combine teleworking and in-office work.

A few months ago, few people would have thought that a television station could air and invent high-quality programs from home in less than two weeks. But that's exactly what the subscription network Movistar+ was able to pull off. The company provided equipment and material to all of its employees, from journalists and directors to riggers and other roles. What's more, Movistar+ renewed contracts remotely, which was "unprecedented," according to Alex Martínez Roig, the head of content. "The fear of teleworking is gone.

"From a human point of view, the teams have become stronger, more solid and together; before this there was a greater feeling of having your work controlled," says Martínez Roig. Many companies have even shown an interest in the wellbeing of their staff. Lilly, for example, is providing ongoing courses and health programs on topics like yoga, pilates and mindfulness.

 

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