Ireland’s national remote work strategy explained
The Irish government has announced a national remote working strategy which aims to ensure “that remote working is a permanent feature in the Irish workplace in a way that maximises economic, social and environmental benefits.”
The government aims to make remote working a mandatory norm for 20% of the public sector and are looking to implement this into legislation including the right to request remote working. With this, Ireland also wants to accelerate high-speed broadband across the whole of Ireland to assist working from home. They also have ideas about setting up remote hubs.
The plan will try to set out the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees when it comes to working from home. The Irish government has outlined that it has seen the benefits of remote working such as flexibility, opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, as well as being environmentally friendly due to less commuting and limited use of offices. Therefore, Ireland wants to incorporate this into working life post-pandemic.
With many working from home due to the pandemic, remote working has become a new way of life and allowed a lot of people to strike that work/life balance. Remote working has given many an opportunity to see family more and save time on commuting. As the Irish government expresses its intentions to improve on and make remote working more accessible, it poses the question, will other governments adopt the same mentality?
It makes sense for the decision to be at the discretion of the employer when it comes to working from home. The success of remote working is subjective and depends on the structure of a company and their internal processes. By potentially legislating remote working across the board, how will that impact on companies?
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