A new report published by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) on Friday suggests that only five percent of Greece’s workforce works from home as part of their regular employment.
This figure puts Greece in eighteenth place among the twenty-eight member states of the European Union.
Denmark came in first in the survey, as 19.8 percent of its workforce is currently employed remotely. The last place in the EU is occupied by Italy, with only 1.7 percent of its workforce being able to work from home.
The average percentage across the entire EU of those who work remotely is 8.7 percent.
In its its latest monthly bulletin, the SEV highlights the advantages for both employers and employees of working remotely.
The report notes that there are studies suggesting that employee productivity can be increased up to fifty percent when they work from home, and doing so also facilitates a much easier balance between workers’ personal and professional lives.
In addition to these observations, remote work without question drastically reduces operational costs for enterprises, resulting in higher profits for employers.
The SEV blames Greece’s long-standing inability to adjust to new developments and technology for the fact that its companies lag behind in adopting the concept of remote work.
According to the report, the sectors which benefit the most from remote work are those which deal with logistics, information technology, customer service and healthcare, among others.