Smart working in Malta

Sep 06, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic smart working largely increased, pointing out new needs.

Smart working in Malta increase exponentially since the pandemic hit, it passed from 10% to 14.8% (above EU average). This increase in the use of teleworking has coincided with the rise in employment among women in Malta. Where, unfortunately nowadays, there is still gender inequality, women more than men adjust their careers for family life reasons. That is why female workers request more flexible working arrangements or remote work in order to strike a balance between work and family commitments.  


We want to raise the understanding of prioritizing your health instead of work, having the ability to say stop, to stand up from the crowd by recognizing the problem and point this out to the management. Mental health problems are among the leading causes of early retirement in many countries, leading to significant economic losses. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental disorders are among the top public health challenges in the WHO European Region, affecting about 25% of the population every year.


These circumstances pose a significant problem for businesses. They may result in a fall in productivity, hinder financial results and dramatically extend and complicate crisis recovery for the whole EU. To make matters worse, remote working caused by the pandemic made it impossible to support employees’ mental state through regular face-to-face meetings and conversations, and otherwise support employees with traditional methods. The industry needs new solutions to help small and medium-sized enterprises provide comprehensive assistance to their employees in the mental health field.

Teleworking has been a fundamental measure to reduce the spread of Covid and it will most probably keep existing once the emergency state will cease. That is why the need for a new law that regulates smart working arose. 

The first step has been done by the European Parliament, which on 21 January 2021 proposed to the European Commission a law that enables those who work digitally to disconnect outside their working hours. It should also establish minimum requirements for remote working and clarify working conditions, hours and rest periods. The increase in digital resources being used for work purposes has resulted in an always-on culture’, which has a negative impact on the work-life balance of employees, the combination of long working hours and higher demands also leads to more cases of anxiety, depression, burnout and other mental and physical health issues.

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