Homework will always be part of the job: survey
More than half of Dutch employers expect homework to continue to be part of the job, combined with two or three days at the office, a survey by RTL Z showed.
This would be welcomed by at least half of the workers who operated from home during the coronavirus crisis, according to previous inquiries from Intermediair and jobseeker site Nationale Vacaturebank.
Among the benefits most cited by workers were the lack of daily commute, better ability to concentrate at home, and the ability to work on their own schedule.
âCreativity isn’t really helped by a Zoom call, but routine tasks can be done perfectly at home,â PR manager Annerieke Kamphuis told RTL.
However, one in five employers are ready to go back to the âold standardâ and want staff to return to the office full time.
âAs a team, we want to be back in the office. My team has many young people who live in small houses and who are reluctant to continue working from home. They want to talk to each other in person, ” Michael Bouwens of facilities management company Bouwens & told the broadcaster.
The office environment will not be the same for many, however, with half of employers saying they have made changes. For example, there will be more formal and informal meeting places and fewer workspaces.
âI reduced the number of workspaces. The office has a new function: a clubhouse where people come to share their knowledge, âKamphuis said,â and we also promote âwork from anywhereâ.
Working from another location, including overseas, is part of a growing trend among young professionals. “ Employers who want to retain valuable staff will have to ease their wish to work from a location of their choice for a period of time, even if it means a lot of administrative hassle, ” Baker McKenzie’s attorney said, Don-Tobias Jol, at FD.
Jol, who advises multinationals on the tax and other implications of having an international workforce, said the trend is now so pronounced that many companies are changing their policies.
âThe competition is doing it and so they can’t say no. The move is mainly from the north to the south of Europe, to Greece or Italy from Denmark and Germany, countries where it rains a lot, âsaid Jol.
A spokesperson for Unilever told the newspaper that people with certain skills may be allowed to work from abroad more often, but the trend will be mostly domestic.
“It can be done, which Covid has made clear,” the spokesperson said. âBut if we are going to be working from home a few days a week, more people who work in Rotterdam will choose to live far from the city.
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