December 22, 2023 – Remote work in Croatia is a topic that has been discussed for a long time, and the Croatian Association of Employers and Mplus Group organized a round table on this topic, during which the new Mplus Group survey was presented.
Remote work in Croatia is a popular model, writes Poslovni, but it also brings some unique challenges. The level of job satisfaction and work-life balance among employees who work from home is higher than among those who work in the office, research shows, which is why 78 percent of employees want to continue working from home.
“There has never been such a strong battle for each employee in the labour market in Croatia, and for us employers, the key goal is to retain and attract workers. Today’s employees want mobility, the opportunity for rapid advancement, learning, greater autonomy and the opportunity to express their specific needs within the working environment, such as working from home or working remotely,” said Irena Weber, CEO of the Croatian Employers’ Association. As the most common advantages of working from home, employees emphasized saving time on traffic, which brought more free time and a more balanced daily life.
Dražen Opalić, director of the Directorate for Work and Work Safety, believes that the comprehensive arrangement of work at a separate location and remote work will ensure legal security for the contracting parties of the employment relationship.
The key difference between working at a remote location and remote work is that at a remote location, the employer is aware of the location of the work and it is possible to talk about possible reimbursement of expenses, while there is no such obligation in the case of remote work.
A question of trust
Following the presented survey, a round table was held, where the panellists discussed the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.
“It is important to work on respect and understanding. It is more common and preferable to assume that a colleague whom I do not see is working, rather than not. We need to work on that,” concluded Danijela Govorčinović Šimunović, director of the Heineken human resources sector.