A survey by Instant Research found that around 35% of Czech workers are currently working from home as governments have ordered or encouraged companies to do so.
This sudden transition to remote working has been a wake-up call, particularly for large companies who have been reluctant to adopt the technological resources needed for this type of work arrangement.
“The average Polish company is not ready for this transition at all,” said Alek Tarkowski, President of the board of nonprofit organization Centrum Cyfrowe. “Eurostat data shows only about 12 percent of enterprises use cloud computing services. That number makes you think. It means that a great number of companies in Poland do not know how to organise a video conference, how to set up a good file exchange system, they have no idea what Slack is. In the long run, those issues will start to show.”
This will likely lead to IT service providers to become an integral part of most company’s operations. Even more, open-source models will become more relevant as the need for quick reaction times becomes increasingly necessary.
Additionally, those who are experiencing remote working for the first time are bound to adopt new work habits. This includes video conferencing and the etiquette that comes along with it, such as muting your microphones to prevent distractions during meetings.
Digitalization has proven to be essential in times of economic crisis and now more than ever, companies need to be able to support remote working arrangements to continue operations.