The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has urged employers and employees to make remote and home work a much larger part of working life after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Leo Varadkar today launched a new campaign – #MakingRemoteWork – which aims to raise awareness of government advice and information to help workers and employers enable more remote and mixed work.
Mr Varadkar said the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many office workers to work from home. “We now know it can be done,” he said.
He said many workers want to return to the office, but many others want to continue working from home or a remote hub near where they live. Most want a mix, he added.
“Post-pandemic choices should be a matter of choice, as long as the job is done and business and service needs are met. That is the principle that I want to apply, ”said the Tanaist.
“We have to make sure that we don’t go back to the office and the old normal just because it’s safe. We have to take this opportunity to create a new normal, a better normal, ”he added.
He said he was asking employers to think about ways to make remote working a more permanent part of life after the pandemic.
“Whether it means keeping home and remote working as an option, or a mixed model of home and office, or working from the office and the hubs for remote working, now is the time for employers to talk to employees about the for They work best to speak to and the company as a whole, “he added.
The Tánaiste said the government committed to introducing new laws granting the right to remote work and introduced a new code of conduct on the right to interruption earlier this year.
“We are doing everything we can to bring high-speed broadband to all parts of Ireland under the National Broadband Plan. We are reviewing the tax and tax treatment of teleworking ahead of the next budget.” he said.
He added that the government will lead by example by making home and remote work the norm for 20% of public sector employment.