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Telecommuting favored by many employers – ECOP

April 15, 2019

Majority of companies in the country considered telecommuting or work-from-home for their managerial employees given the significant improvement of internet service in the country, a survey by the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) indicated.

Some 87 percent of the firms surveyed expressed “openness” to adopt telecommuting if appropriate equipment with improved internet service are available and softwares for monitoring work hours and output are in place.

Other condition cited for allowing work-from-home are that firms should be informed of the best industry practices and benchmarking tools from their industry. Further, they should also define roles and responsibilities in case of organizational restructuring; and that guidelines and policies relating to telecommuting should be provided.

Signed in December last year, Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act defines telecommuting as a “a work arrangement that allows an employee in the private sector to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication and/or computer technologies.”

Out of nearly 100 respondents, 28 firms or 29 percent, most of which are from the information technology-business process outsourcing management sector, are already adopting the scheme, ECOP said.

“The telecommuting arrangement of most companies covers only managerial employees. Consultants and project staff are also allowed to telecommute,” ECOP added.

Said companies are allowing telecommuting to deal with the heavy traffic going to and from work, achieve the “promotion of work-life balance and flexibility,” and “enhance employee engagement and retention.” the survey said. Another reason it said was “business need” as there are multinational companies with operations in different time zones.

Meanwhile, the survey held from Feb. 11 to March 4 this year said around 86 percent claimed telecommuting and non-telecommuting employees are getting the same benefits. But work-from-home employees from some firms said they are no longer receiving transportation and meal allowances, overtime pay and additional renumeration for more working days.

They raised concerns on the “filing and payment of overtime; the need to stay connected and reachable during work hours; determination of work and rest hours; and the requirement to define company liability for employees practicing telecommuting.”

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