Greece lags behind its European Union counterparts in remote employment and flexible work arrangements, coming 18th among the EU member states with only 5 per cent of its workforce regularly employed to work from home.

The Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) pointed to this in its labour report as a negative factor in the Greek workforce. SEV stressed the many benefits of this form of labour that is linked to increased productivity by 50 per cent as well as a reduction in operating costs. The report notes of multiple benefits for both the organisations and workers, who can have a better work-life balance. SEV urges changes to labour as an important part of digital transformation.

SEV analysts that examined the Greek workforce that clocks up the most working hours but underperforms, and pointed to this type of work as a reason for this. The organisation argues that bolstering remote employment could play an important role in improving labour productivity after a 12 per cent decline during the decade-long crisis.

Remote employment has swept through the EU as the most popular in knowledge-intensive domains and enterprises such as information technology, healthcare and logistics. Customer services and internet marketing have particularly benefited from this form of labour.