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Recruiting in COVID-19 times: IT companies tell how they are preparing to return

As for the return to the office, the feeling is common in most companies: to resume normal activity, but with all instituted security rules.

The return to the office must be safe and convey the perception of security to the people, says ngela Santos, from baco Consulting

Axians says it is working on a recovery plan, taking precautions and complying with the instructions of the health authorities, namely with regard to cleaning, organization and occupation of spaces, personal protective equipment and rules of social distance within the offices. , indicates Fernando Rodrigues, Managing Director.

With the safety and well-being of the team as a top priority, Ericsson also wants to ensure that all protocol measures for prevention and hygiene are in place in its buildings, when employees gradually begin to return to the workplace.

The current public health scenario has imposed on companies new strategies, new methods, tools and features that are clearly here to stay and that prove that work will never be the same in the post-pandemic, says an official source from Altice Portugal

From this moment on, we will start to control the maximum occupancy rate in our buildings, in different stages, says Rute Diniz. In a first phase, the return will be voluntary and up to a maximum of 30% occupancy of the building, explains the Head of People of Ericsson Portugal.

The company is also defining and implementing detailed instructions and protocols on how to use the different spaces in buildings, including individual jobs and any common areas, always taking into account the requirements of social distance, complying with the rules dictated by the different instances government.

The return will only happen when we can guarantee that our people are totally safe and comfortable with this change, indicates Sara Pereira daCritical TechWorks

There are only three phases defined by Softinsa, each of which contemplates the gradual return of employees, also with very specific measures and protocols with regard to the health and safety of all.

At SAP Portugal, the opinion of the employees was taken into account. We carried out an internal survey, in order to ascertain that employees are available to return to their physical position in the first phase, indicated Patrcia Cristvo. With these data, the Human Resources Director of SAP Portugal says that the company was aware of the best strategy for this return to a possible normality, with all the constraints that it still entails.

Is telecommuting here to stay at IT companies?

Although the companies plan to resume their activity, not all of them anticipate a traditional return to the office, or even 100%, making clear the long-term bet by betting more on teleworking policies. We believe in greater efficiency and productivity with this hybrid model, while allowing our employees a better balance between their personal and professional lives, argues Antnio Miguel Ferreira, Managing Director Iberia and Latin America at Claranet.

The move to teleworking and confinement regime was quick, but the return to normality will be slow, says Fernando Rodrigues, from Axians

For Quidgest, the generalization of teleworking is a process that will have to be analyzed and evaluated, and that it will have its own rules, taken from lessons learned during the confinement period. Teams increasingly need to be more flexible and adapt quickly to the unexpected, whether it be aligning their tasks with colleagues who may have different schedules or priorities, dealing with technical difficulties, etc.

The most important thing will be the continuous assessment and reassessment of capacity and adjustment of tasks and ways of working in order to ensure the efficiency and profitability of your work. This is one of the most important learnings that will certainly influence the way of working in the future.

We believe that flexible and mixed models will be the ones that will prevail in the future, adapting more and more the needs of employees and the balance of their personal and professional life, replies Teresa Gndara, from Noesis

For Fujitsu, companies are now better equipped to provide a secure remote access model, "in which the work experience at a distance from employees is optimized, productivity is maintained and pressure on IT resources remains under control, an official source said. SAPO TEK.

In Noesis' activity, remote work was already a daily reality, so teleworking will certainly be a measure to be maintained, without any disturbance in the productivity and quality of the services we provide to our customers, considers Teresa Gndara, Human Capital Director . But there are other priorities that are equally important, and as we have been doing for the past few months, we will not neglect relationships and closeness, so that our talents continue to feel an integral part of Noesis. They are our greatest asset, adds the person in charge.