Remote work remains highly desirable among Czech employees

Over half of employees said they would like to work from home at least three days per week. Employers' willingness on the idea, however, is not as strong.

Thomas Smith

Written by Thomas Smith Published on 06.02.2023 15:17:00 (updated on 06.02.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

A recent study has found that workers in the Czech Republic continue to find remote working, or “home office,” particularly important in their roles. Employers, however, may not be willing to grant as many work-from-home days as employees like.

Recruitment company Devire interviewed employees and employers at business services firms in Prague, asking questions – among other things – about flexibility.  

Are you currently allowed to work remotely in your job?

Yes, whenever I want and for however long 50 %
I can work from home once or twice per week 23 %
I work remotely three or four days weekly 17 %
I can't work remotely at all 10 %
311 readers voted on this poll. Voting is open

Three days per week at home the optimum

Out of all surveyed workers, the vast majority (36 percent) said that they would ideally like to work remotely three out of five days per week. The second-most popular choice was four days of remote work per week, with over one in five employees opting for this high level of flexibility. Perhaps surprisingly, just 16 percent wanted to have home office five days per week.

HOW DO COMPANIES IN CZECHIA ENABLE REMOTE WORK?

  • Anywhere - 11 percent
  • Within the EU - 23 percent
  • Within the Czech Republic - 29 percent

Manager at Devire Petra Horáková says that, although the trend of total home office has lessened in the past year, flexibility remains a strong priority for employees and candidates.

They [workers] have no desire to be bound by an agreement that they must spend a certain number of days in the office." - Petra Horáková

Employers seem less willing than their employees on the remote-work concept. Just 18 percent of Czech-based offices said they would grant working from home three days per week. Only 5 percent would be willing to grant fully remote work.

The post-Covid-19 trend of remote work is in no danger of disappearing, though – two-thirds of companies said they would let employees work from home once or twice per week. 

FAST FACTS ON REMOTE WORK

  • People whose employer allows home office or hybrid work are about 20 percentage points more satisfied than those who do not have this option
  • Almost half of all Czech jobseekers expect to work at least partially remotely in their new role
  • Over half of people who work in finance and administration in the capital can work from home
  • An estimated 30 percent of Czechs have the chance to, at least partially, work remotely in their current jobs
  • Studies carried out in 2018 show that just 4-8 percent of employees in the Czech Republic could work remotely

    Sources: LMC.eu, Faei.cz, Cesko.digital, and businessinfo.cz

New legal changes

Changes to the Labor Code earlier this year could make remote work more common in Czechia as the country aims to fully adhere to the EU’s Work-life Balance Directive. From January, companies are now legally obliged to offer work-from-home options for designated groups of people, such as pregnant women and parents with children under the age of 15. 

Companies must now also reimburse, via a flat-rate contribution, employees who work from home. This amounts to just under CZK 3 per hour to cover costs for utilities. Although this aims to help employees, this paradoxically may make firms less likely to allow working from outside the office.

Remote work in Czechia, although not as common as directly after Covid-19, is widely appreciated and sought-after; an aspect that is here to stay. Employees appear keener on a larger amount of remote-work days compared to companies, but Devire’s study shows that many employers are willing to grant their workers’ wishes – at least partially.

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