SMBs expect demand for additional flexibility - Business

SMBs expect demand for additional flexibility – Business

Around a quarter of Belgian SMEs expect to receive increased demand for the “right to disconnect” and variable weekly working arrangements from their workers in 2022, as part of the labor reform, it emerged on Wednesday. from a survey by human resources provider SDWorx.

An agreement on this reform was approved last February by the federal government. It provides that employers will be able to grant greater flexibility to their workers, with the possibility of distributing the working week over four days instead of five, in particular.

According to SDWorx, 24.1% of SMEs say “there will be a definite demand for the “right to disconnect” again this yearmore in the service sectors (25.3%) than in the secondary sector (17.9%).

Furthermore, nearly a quarter (23.9%) of Belgian SMEs expect to be asked to set up a variable weekly work schedule (also called “co-parenting scheme”), with a higher percentage for SMEs with more than 50 employees (40%) and SMEs with more than 100 workers (48%).

Around 22.5% of entrepreneurs also expect an increase in demand for the four-day weekwhere an employee no longer works five eight-hour days, but four 9.5-hour days. “Men (41%) being more concerned than women (33%) by this observation”, says SDWorx. However, flexible working hours remain the winning flexibility formula for SMEs, even if they are not really part of the package offered under the labor agreement. “Yet the flexibility of hours, days and weeks is an asset for attracting and retaining talent”, points out the human resources provider.

This survey was conducted in March among 612 business leaders and personnel managers of SMEs.

An agreement on this reform was approved last February by the federal government. It provides that employers will be able to grant greater flexibility to their workers, with the possibility of distributing the working week over four days instead of five, in particular. According to SDWorx, 24.1% of SMEs say “there will be a certain demand for the “right to disconnect” again this year, more in the service sectors (25.3%) than in the secondary sector (17, 9%). In addition, almost a quarter (23.9%) of Belgian SMEs expect to be asked to set up a variable weekly work scheme (also called “co-parenting scheme”), with a higher percentage for SMEs with more than 50 employees (40%) and SMEs with more than 100 workers (48%). About 22.5% of entrepreneurs also foresee an increase in demand for the four-day week , where an employee no longer works five eight-hour days, but four 9.5-hour days. “Men (41%) are more concerned than women (33%) by this observation”, specifies SDWorx. However, the flexible working hours remain the winning flexibility formula for SMEs, even if they are not really part of the package offered under of the labor agreement. “Yet the flexibility of hours, days and weeks is an asset for attracting and retaining talent”, points out the human resources provider. This survey was conducted in March among 612 business leaders and personnel managers of SMEs.

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