“Portugal is ‘attacked’ by richer countries, who ‘discover’ that they can easily hire Portuguese talent to continue living here” – Expert

This week, the future of work is highlighted at Future.Works Lisbon 22, where the new 4-day weekly models and teleworking, or digital nomadism, are put in the spotlight. the conference Future.Works Lisbon 22 will take place on October 7-8, in a hybrid format with more than 100 sessions at the Lisbon Congress Center, which will be broadcast online. More than 150 speakers pass through here, but there are also spaces and complementary activities in the field of training and collaboration, and more than 250 vacancies in the field of technology.

SAPO TEK spoke to Pedro Moura, chief marketing officer at Landing.Jobs, on trends for the future of work and the event promoted by Landing.Jobs and imatch. In the interview he talks about Portugal’s potential as one of the top destinations for digital nomads and anticipates the launch of the Portugal Tech Hub.

Read the interview in full.

SAPO TEK: What are the key trends in the future of work and how can technology change the paradigms that have been around for decades?

Pedro Moura: Technology always acts as a force for change, often destroying processes and structures of the past, creating new ways to organize and make reality, to change the paradigms on which our lives and society are based. This creative destruction makes it possible to move forward.

Today, for example, the overly central role of work in people’s lives is increasingly being questioned, with topics such as work-life balance, flexible working hours, asynchronous working, remote working, reduced work weeks, etc. Focusing the ‘work’ function in favor of more time and availability for other types of activities is a trend that dates back to the past, for example when the 40-hour workweek and non-work weekends were introduced. week in the 20th century. There is continuity here in the sense of a loss of importance of the work factor, highly motivated by technology.

SAPO TEK: Do you believe that without the change organizations had to undergo during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would have been possible to make so much progress in telecommuting?

Pedro Moura: No, clearly. What can be observed, however, is that in occupations where workers have more real rights (i.e. more power in the labor market), as in the case of technology professionals, the trend of telecommuting continues, forcing organizations to adapt. Unfortunately, in the case of professions where professionals do not have as much real power, that is, where there are more employees than vacancies, organizations reverse the process of remote working, some even forcing them to turn to 100% face-to-face contact. -facial regimen. Unfortunately, many managers’ cultures and organizational practices are still based on the need for control and on the religion of micromanagement, revealing an enormous narrow-mindedness and inability to adapt.

SAPO TEK: The decentralization of teams and telecommuting also poses challenges for team management, especially in roles that require greater collaboration and creativity. How to overcome these problems and encourage more communication? Are the existing tools sufficient or even basic for what is needed?

Pedro Moura: This ‘new world’ creates enormous opportunities. The ability to communicate and work with people all over the world is brutal in terms of potential. But it also carries risks. Although the tools are well advanced, I personally think that creativity mainly needs emotionality, factors that are more difficult (but not impossible) to achieve in a remote work environment. Personally, I practice a mix of remote and face-to-face with my teams, trying to have the best of both worlds. I often say that there is no ‘one size fits all’ here; it is necessary for every organization and practitioner to find the context and method that works best for them. However, it is imperative to have an openness to experimentation, a continuous sense of criticism and above all a leadership that knows how to deal with more uncertain environments.

SAPO TEK: There is a growth in the number of digital nomads Portugal is looking for to settle. The government has announced measures to facilitate this move, but some have not yet been realized. What should be done to promote greater retention of these professionals and what are the benefits for Portugal?

Pedro Moura: Portugal has a huge opportunity here. We are already one of the main destinations for digital nomads and there is a huge openness and willingness from technology professionals from other countries and continents to move to Portugal, often with families. It is necessary to identify this movement as a priority, create a ‘green road’ for these professionals that drastically reduces the complexity and time to obtain visas, and create conditions throughout the country (not just in major urban centers). to attract and settle this population. The normalization of telecommuting and technological immigration may do more to re-evaluate the most demographically deprived regions than most central programs and initiatives. Take, for example, the case of Fundão.

Something that needs to change is to help Portuguese companies (that is, those responsible for them) change their mindset when it comes to technology recruitment. Actually, everyone is complaining about the shortage of technology professionals, but they are still very afraid to hire professionals from South America, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia. It turns out that Portugal is currently being ‘attacked’ by richer countries, who are ‘discovering’ that they can easily hire Portuguese talent to continue living here and work remotely for these companies. This fact is already leading to nearly 20% of the tech workforce living in Portugal working remotely across borders, further exacerbating the shortage of local tech talent. Companies must learn to play the game of globalization of technological work.

SAPO TEK: Regarding the conference, what are the highlights that can be highlighted and who are the speakers not to be missed?

Pedro Moura: As for speakers, I want to go to Gonçalo Consiglieri . to emphasize, Co-founder at Visor.ai, a session on Responsible AI; Cassiano Surek, CTO at Beyond, in a session on NTFs; Roberto Cortez, founder of JNation, in a session on Java Trends; Ami Sohi, Software Engineer (Full Stack) at Cazoo, in a session on JavaScript Trends; and Marco António Silva, Cloud Solution Architect & AI Ambassador at Microsoft, in a fireplace chat about Strong AI.

We will also have the launch of the Portugal Tech Hub initiative, in which for the first time about 25 public and private entities (such as AICEP, IAPMEI, StartupPortugal, Landing.jobs, CM Fundão and others) will partner with the shared goal of To make Portugal a top technology hub at an international level, to attract technology talent and foreign companies to our country.

To conclude the event, we will also be holding a Boat Party along the Tagus River, an excellent conclusion to an event which, while focused on the future of work, believes that work should also include networking and fun.