What is a Self Relo?
The COVID-19 pandemic which broke out at the beginning of 2020, forced many companies around the world to adapt to a new reality, where employees had to work from their homes. This mode of employment allows companies to continue to operate efficiently and facilitates business continuity while preventing possible contagion between employees.
During 2020, multinational companies such as Dropbox, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook announced a global work from home policy. Twitter even announced that it will allow employees to continue working from home indefinitely, and provided a $1,000 allowance for the purchase of office equipment and furniture for use at home.
In line with this global trend, Intel Israel announced that its employees should continue working from their homes until June 2021. Additional leading Israeli hi-tech companies, including Innovid a Bringg are preparing for the same work from home alternative. These and other companies have determined that only manufacturing workers are needed on site, while administration, finance, business development employees, etc. will continue to work from home.
In line with this global trend, Intel Israel announced that its employees should continue working from their homes until June 2021. Additional leading Israeli hi-tech companies, including Innovid a Bringg are preparing for the same work from home alternative.
These and other companies have determined that only manufacturing workers are needed on site, while administration, finance, business development employees, etc. will continue to work from home.
Workplaces that failed to adapt promptly with an at home work plan, found themselves faced with shut downs due to spread of COVID – 19 amongst their workforce. In such cases, the companies affected had virtually no ability to service their clients.
Take for example a well-known Israeli branch of a global accounting firm that neglected to adopt either work from home or the capsule work model. When some of their employees were infected with COVID–19, all office employees were subjected to a 14-day quarantine.
The firm had to close its doors, and clients had to wait or find another accountant to handle their urgent matters. Such an occurrence can prove catastrophic for any business and result in the loss of its client base.
Where companies informed their employees that they would not return to the office until at least June 2021, many employees found themselves needing to adjust to the new reality of working within the home.
Young employees, especially those with no children, decided to take the opportunity to work remotely from an entirely different country. For example, one employee used this time to join his parents in Lisbon, another worked from the home of a friend in London, while another chose to rent an apartment in New York City and work from there. This move is seen by employees as an excellent opportunity to make a change while maintaining employment security. The employees also feel that by doing so, they do not compromise on the quality of their work and level of productivity. In most cases, according to the Self Relo Survey, employees did not find it necessary to advise the employer of the move. The employees continued to work and participate in the online conference calls and other remote activities successfully.
“Creating distinctive boundaries between work, leisure and family life” Schor & Attwood -Charles 2017
The move of an employee to another country while working remotely can be referred to as “Self Relocation” a/k/a “Self Relo” or “Telecommuters”. The Self Relo has as impacted human resource management, where HR managers have to deal with issues with which they have no prior experience, and for which there is no company policy.
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Pieter Levels, 2015 DNX Global Conference
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