Remote work: how employers shift some of the expenses for employees

After the transition of offices for remote mode

For many, work at home seems more attractive option compared to the need to regularly visiting the office. Initially, the prospect of completing its work remotely promises a lot of advantages:

In parallel, it saves on public transport or fuel for a personal car, as well as on food outside the house.

Despite all the advantages described above, over time, people face a variety of negative factors of remote work and the operation of their personal space.

First of all, such a mode is not comfortable. Some people celebrate the worsening of the mood, the emergence of a sense of loneliness and a decrease in labor productivity with continuous remote work. However, gradually even supporters of the removal begin to face problems that they were originally impossible.

Working from the house on a permanent basis, a person needs to highlight a part of its personal space that needs to be missed, remove, maintain and pay. In most cases, it requires a separate room for effective tasks, which directly increases rental costs and / or payment of utility services. If you can initially work even on the corner of the kitchen table, then over time you still have to purchase suitable furniture and office equipment.

Savings on transport also will not necessarily be 100 percent, since even with a remote mode, it may sometimes be necessary to travel around the city for business purposes.

As a result, from an economic point of view, when working at home, an employee assumes a significant part of the costs, which usually fall on the employer, unless the parties negotiate their compensation.

The main advantage in this case is an increase in free time and improving the flexibility of an employment schedule, which in some cases can be combined with solving personal questions.

According to the Research of the Canadian University of McGill, during Quarantine, the company’s offices in large cities saved monthly to $ 800 at each employee working from home. Theorists call such a phenomenon with parasitic capitalism, in which corporate profits do not depend on the creation of a new value, but is extracted from personal space staff.

Therefore, researchers recommend parties to discuss the issue of at least partial compensation for additional costs associated with the remote labor regime. However, in the event of a minor savings, the employer will not be interested in leaking employees from offices that increase the collective cohesion, contribute to the rapid decision of the current issues and simplify the infusion of new employees in the team.

To develop the channel, your support is important to us, subscribe to the channel and put like.