More than a benefit, having the option of telecommuting or of a hybrid modelIn other words, the combination of going to the company and doing the workday from home has become a condition for many young Colombians when it comes to accepting a job offer.

The new generations are demanding greater flexibility both in schedules and in the workplace; however, the labor reform that is being processed in Congress does not address these needs.

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“About 50 percent of the candidates discard vacancies if they do not offer this type of work because it no longer fits the model and dynamics of post-pandemic life. The office model of 5 days a week and 8 hours in the position in person has gone forever and the new generations want to have the freedom to choose where and how to work”, says a spokesperson for the recruitment firm PageGroup Colombia.

These growing demands in the labor field, especially after the covid-19 pandemic, are reflected in the Seventh Youth Perception Study, carried out by the Universidad del Rosario and the polling firm Cifras y Conceptos, with the support of EL TIEMPO and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

after salary, The most important factor when looking for work for young people is labor flexibility, with 93 percent of the responses; This is followed by a job in which they can develop professionally (89 percent), that the employer is prestigious (83 percent), that they have the option of teleworking (79 percent) and the hybrid model (77 percent).

And it is that young people are looking for more and more jobs that allow them to have a life beyond the office; Even the trend of digital nomads has become more relevant, that is, working without a location, studying at the same time and not having time zone restrictions.

By 2025, almost 30 percent of the workforce will be made up of the lower-income generation. centenarians. Therefore, companies must start looking for ways to generate hybrid jobs. Not just spending a certain portion of your time at work or at home, but thinking about flexible, staggered hours, or even a 4-day work week with one day off,” says Lina Correa, director of Talent Solutions at ManpowerGroup.

The labor reform bill seeks to make the conditions of formal workers more flexible by advancing the night shift to 7 p.m. and not to 9 p.m., as it is today. There is also talk of changing the percentage of night and holiday surcharges (it would be 100 percent and not the current 75 percent) or extending paternity leave to 12 weeks from now to 2025.

Likewise, it seeks to regulate the hiring of ‘rappitenderos’ or there is talk of the reduction of the working day, which is already established in Law 2101 of 2021.

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The project seeks to regulate the hiring of ‘rappitenderos’.


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And it is that as of July 15, all workers must arrive at their post one hour less per week. From the current 48, the working day would have, by law, 47. This will gradually decrease until reaching 42 in 2026. To this end, the law determines that these hours should be distributed by common agreement between employers and employees. workers between 5 and 6 days a week, always guaranteeing that employees have a day off.

Nevertheless, The project does not address in detail these new demands for greater flexibility that young people are demanding and that little by little are changing the way of hiring staff in Colombian companies., as recruiting firms put on the table. “After the pandemic, the barrier of working hybridly or 100 percent remotely collapsed, as is the case in many companies,” says the ManpowerGroup expert.

Regarding the working day of 4 days a week, there are countries that are conducting pilot tests to implement it. From the United Kingdom to New Zealand, Iceland, Spain or Japan. In Colombia, the idea is just beginning to sound and there are few companies that have dared. One of them is the Hada Group, which manufactures soaps.


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