Inadequate technical equipment, no clear division between working hours and family time, difficult communication with colleagues and customers, increased costs that employers rarely reimburse, anxiety due to worrying news – these are all reasons against working from home.
The Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia has conducted a survey recently on the pros and cons of working remotely (from home) which included 448 workers from the six countries of the former Yugoslavia.
The survey results showed that growing unemployment and inequality worries respondents from Slovenia more, and less from Serbia and the Republic of Srpska. The same was true for the rise in poverty, while the biggest concern for job losses was expressed by workers in Slovenia and Macedonia, and the lowest by Croatian and Montenegrin workers.
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As for Serbia, the survey showed that the number of employees did not change during the pandemic for 65% of respondents, while it decreased for 23%, more in the private sector than in the public sector. In relation to the Balkan region, there was a significant reduction in the number of employees only in Slovenia and Croatia.
The average weekly work time in Serbia decreased by 4.9 hours, i.e. from 37.6 to 32.7 hours. The number of young people who worked less than 40 hours before the epidemic increased from 19.3% to 45.5% during the epidemic.
About a fifth of the survey participants from Serbia has had their wages reduced, which is roughly a third of the number of workers in the private sector. Only 11% of workers had a salary increase.
As for the volume of work, only for a fifth of them, the volume remained unchanged, while it increased in 31% of the respondents, and decreased by up to 47% for others.
The survey also confirmed that 49% of the survey participants from Serbia worked from home while the Montenegrin employees worked from home the most. The least number of survey participants from Croatia worked from home. Most of the employees in Serbia used personal work equipment (computers, the Internet, telephone). More than half of the respondents also said they would like to continue working from home in the future.
As many as 67.6% of the survey participants from Serbia expressed a positive opinion of having flexible working hours and engaging in so-called smart working, working from home, and part-time work.
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