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Colombians Dislike Working Remote, Want to Go to Office

More than 57% of Colombian workers dislike working remotely, according to a survey commissioned by the country’s National Department of Statistics.

Interestingly, men dislike teleworking more than women. In the survey, 65% of men said they would like to go to the office instead of working from home.

With 14.6% of its workers operating remotely, Bogota has the highest number of teleworkers in the country, and the capital city is followed by Villavicencio (10.7%), Tunja (10.6%), and Armenia (10.4%).

The cities with the fewest number of teleworkers are Cúcuta (1.8%) and Quibdó (0.7%).

The increasing reluctance to work remotely seems to have caused some employers to call their employees back to the office. In the survey, less than 10% of respondents said they worked remotely in the past week.

Hybrid offices are less likely to become popular in Colombia because less than 13% of respondents in the survey said they would like to work from home occasionally.

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Some Colombians have been working remotely since 2008, but the country only regulated the new working model in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to wreak havoc.

Today, between 4 and 5 million Colombians are working remotely, according to the Ministry of Labor.

Narayan Ammachchi

News Editor for Nearshore Americas, Narayan Ammachchi is a career journalist with a decade of experience in politics and international business. He works out of his base in the Indian Silicon City of Bangalore.

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