“It is time for us to move away from the very classic view where working equates being in the office,” Somers said, adding: “It’s the performance that counts.”
Somers said that the Dutch-speaking region should seize the upheaval of work traditions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, as many businesses adopted work-from-home routines in an effort to keep operations running.
In an effort to boost this transition, Somers has already allocated €1.7 million to training programs destined for government employees including for remote team management skills, De Standaard reports.
His statements come as the results of a survey of some 7,0000 Flemish civil servants showed that upwards of 75% were adapting well to teleworking, with 71% saying that it provided a good work-life balance.
The new work-from-home push for civil servants will not be mandatory, but Somers said that it could see civil servants telework between one to three days per week, on average.