Rules for State Teleworkers | eKathimerini.com
A new project by the State Information Society Agency aims to improve the efficiency of civil servants who work remotely through a gradual overhaul of the public sector teleworking system.
During the first coronavirus lockdown in spring 2020, teleworking results in most government agencies and institutions were far from encouraging as staff efficiency left much to be desired. However, the recent surge in the pandemic has reminded everyone that work will remain home – including in the public sector.
Last June, the government regulated remote working through a law that addressed issues related to the protection of personal data, teleworking time and the equipment used by workers.
In this context, the country is presenting a 4 million euro project that was recently put up for public consultation and will be approved for implementation in 2022. The new public sector teleworking model must be completed within 16 months of the signing of the contract, but this can be extended for a further 18 months.
The model must cover issues such as monitoring of the efficiency of officials and compliance by workers with standard procedures and working hours.
“The fact that workers are not in person in the workplace and the need to use information and communication technologies are changing the relationship between administration and workers, with the latter controlling the execution of their workload,” the consultation said Document reads.
This means that teleworking in the public sector will soon require monitoring mechanisms “which, in order to be truly effective, have to rely on achieving pre-determined goals, providing a list of projects to be delivered and carrying out the specific tasks”. In order for teleworking to work in the public sector, the entire workflow must be monitored and the schedule for the individual tasks must be adhered to.