The N in NWOW means Normal in the Netherlands
New Ways of Working or NWOW is no longer considered new in the Netherlands, but is considered the norm.
This is the outcome of a national survey into New Ways of Working, in which 4,858 companies participated.
Last year, 42% of the respondents indicated NWOW as the future work norm, this is reduced to only 17% in this years’ survey.
Trust as an important part of NWOW has increased as well. 94% indicates that they are able to handle the responsibilities deriving from NWOW. Checks and controls are not necessary, said 40% of the respondents. This was 30% last year.
82% indicated that the manager can rely on them; 69% trusts that colleagues are working even though they are not visible. This was 65% in 2012.
The potential downside of NWOW – working at odd hours or during the weekend – is not considered a disadvantage by about two thirds of the respondents. This is the same as in the last survey.