Most of the companies had greater financial capacity in 2020 than in the current year, according to a survey by Adecco
The way of working is changing with the times and more rapidly after the pandemic, which suddenly forced millions of people to adapt to new work models. However, two years after this crisis broke out, less than half of the Spanish companies apply teleworking policies in any of their positions (47%), while still 27% -one in four- do not have any day of teleworking, according to a survey carried out by Adecco Learning & Consulting, which highlights the increasing importance that employees give to work flexibility, to the point that aspects such as this, conciliation and training have gone from be secondary become the most important, above, for example, salary conditions or social benefit packages.
The Government now wants to promote teleworking again as a way of saving in the face of high energy and fuel prices, which is why it is preparing an energy saving plan in which it wants to give remote work a chance to prevent people from take the car
“The new generations have a different look towards the company. When facing a job interview, young people, in addition to being evaluated, also evaluate the company and are increasingly sensitive to aspects such as the value proposition in terms of professional career, forms of work and the conciliation proposal , the training and development plan, the management style, and the fit between the purpose of the companies and the personal purpose”, says David López, director of Adecco Learning & Consulting.
Despite the current context of global economic uncertainty, 39% of the companies surveyed foresee a growth in their workforce during 2022. What is more, 34% of the companies, belonging to the energy, ICT, pharmaceutical, chemical and food sectors, foresee increase the number of workers in the short term. In this sense, the skills that are considered desirable when hiring a person are flexibility, change management and analysis and problem solving.
In addition, the data provided by the study also shows a growing trend in the preference of organizations to attract and retain multi-skilled talent, so that among the most valued skills is change management or resilience.
Another aspect analyzed by the survey is the financial capacity of companies. And from here a somewhat surprising result is extracted: most companies had greater financial capacity in 2020 than in the current year. Thus, in 2020, 42% of the companies surveyed expressed greater financial capacity compared to 34% in 2022. However, the truth is that it has an explanation; In 2020, the state of form of the companies was excellent, after a very positive 2019 and, as a result, with extraordinary results in business profit, healthy balance sheets and the cost of external financing at historic lows.
On the other hand, other results that are extracted from the survey are that more than half of the organizations (52%) maintain the prices of their products and services, and 57% of the companies value outsourcing non-core processes. In addition, 24% express that they cannot adapt their fixed costs without putting their operation at risk in the short, medium or long term.