According to experts, Spanish workers see the reconciliation of work and family as one of the most favorable issues when it comes to leaning for a job. However, Spanish companies continue to reject working-hour flexibility.
Working-hour flexibility does not fit well in Spain
At least, this was revealed through the answers to the related questions in the Wave Application survey. It was concluded that more than 75% of respondents preferred flexible working hours in order to have better access to the reconciliation between professional and family lives.
In fact, according to the same study, what Spanish workers least liked, expressed by 76% of the interviewees, is a rigid schedule imposed by the company.
Other issues that most concern the Spanish worker, ranked in descending actual percentage order, is the lack of job security and far too few facilities for personal development.
Labor flexibility is becoming even more aggravated
Although some progress has been made, the truth is that Spain is still one of the countries with worst levels of acceptance of working-hour flexibility by companies. According to Index of Economic Freedom data from Heritage Foundation’s, Spain is number 22 in EU and 126 in the world in terms of labor freedom.
This fact moves Spain away from countries like Holland or Denmark, which imposes a completely flexible schedule, with access to telework and working days not exceeding 34 hours per week.
In order to share more information reinforcing this position, in the Spanish State just over 25% of companies give their employees the option of teleworking. The European average surpasses 35% and in America, this percentage rises to more than 55%.
The truth is that these data do not meet the desire of the workers, which could jeopardize the possibility of retaining the talent trained in the region for Spanish companies.