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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-12/1774 – measures in Poland

Netguru: Remote working and well-being at IT company

Pracac zdalna i dobrostan pracowników w Netguru

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 16 March 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Company practices
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Measure added 10 February 2021 (updated 19 February 2021)

Background information

Netguru is a Polish software development and software consultancy company founded in 2008. Headquartered in Poznań, Poland, the company has 9 local offices in seven locations: Poznań, Warsaw, Wrocław, Białystok, Kraków, Gdańsk and Katowice. Currently, the company employs over 650 people across the country.

In March 2020, Netguru established a special project group responsible for implementation of new procedures and systematic internal communication within the company. All nine local offices were closed and all employees started to work from home.

Content of measure

Before the pandemic, the company had its remote working policy. About 40% of employees worked from home permanently, and the remaining 60% combined it with working in the office. Since March 2020, Netguru’s remote working policy has developed; it includes, among others, the following measures:

  • To ensure the comfort of remote work, the company provides appropriate equipment (keyboards, monitors, armchairs etc.) to work from home;
  • Recruitment process is held remotely via Google Meet;
  • Health and well-being measures, including morning stretching every day, yoga classes, online meetings with workmates addressing their interests (Netguru After Hours), mental health issues support via Slack;
  • A new application Donut chat, which pairs workmates and creates a space for conversation on Slack;
  • The HR team provides information about professional and non-professional webinars and trainings.

Use of measure

All Netguru departments and employees.

Contents

  • Health and safety
  • Telework

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
Employer

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Company level

Involvement

Not available.

Views and reactions

Not available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      J - Information And Communication J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 05 June 2020: Czy życie rekrutera IT zmieniło się w czasach pandemii? Wywiad z Martyną i Kasią z firmy Netguru, cz. 1 (blog.hellohr.pl)
  • 12 June 2020: Czy życie rekrutera IT zmieniło się w czasach pandemii? Wywiad z Martyną i Kasią z firmy Netguru, cz. 2 (blog.hellohr.pl)

Citation

Eurofound (2021), Netguru: Remote working and well-being at IT company, measure PL-2020-12/1774 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2020-12_1774.html

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