Even when the corona crisis is over, VodafoneZiggo plans to have its employees work from home more often. It is a voluntary arrangement, whereby people can stay at home two to three days a week.
“We notice that our employees have many advantages from working from home”, says head of communications Marjolijn van Oordt. “In addition, we see that the work is also done well from a distance. At the same time, there are certain activities that employees prefer to do in the office, they also miss contact with colleagues.”
Money for office furniture
VodafoneZiggo’s starting point changes from a standard five-day visit to the office, to whether the work requires it. This year, the staff will receive 1,000 euros gross to invest in office furniture. Employees can also claim a screen, keyboard and laptop stand.
In its own words, VodafoneZiggo is the first major employer in the Netherlands to decide to do so. This movement has been going on for some time among American tech companies. For example, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this summer that he expects fifty percent of his employees to work from home in ten years’ time.
The AWVN employers’ association has noticed that more companies are considering a further interpretation of working from home. At some companies this has already resulted in policy, others are still looking at this, says a spokesman.
Due to the corona crisis, the cabinet has been calling on companies for months to let employees work from home. This summer, after a tour of the largest Dutch employers, the NOS already concluded that a few days of working from home seems to be the new normal.
Trade union CNV reported this morning following a poll among its members that 41 percent have problems with the shoulder, neck or arm, but VodafoneZiggo does not recognize this image. “Employees who do not have a good workplace at home can come to the office,” says Van Oordt.