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Are you also considering working from home?

You hear it more often lately: colleagues who work from home. That can be a day, but also several days a week. Is that possible / allowed just like that? Are there any advantages or disadvantages? This blog explains the pros and cons.

What is regulated by law?

The Flexible Working Act includes the option to work from home. Working from home is not an employee's right, but an option.

To be able to work from home, you must work at least 26 weeks for your employer according to the Flexible Working Act. If you wish to work from home, you must submit a request to your employer two months before the intended starting date. Your employer is obliged to consult with you and whether or not to grant his permission. In addition, your employer must respond to your request in writing. If he rejects your request, he will have to motivate this.

Your employer is also obliged to check whether your home workplace complies with the rules of the Working Conditions Act. Just like how he is responsible for your office workspace, he is also responsible for a safe and healthy workplace at home.

What are the benefits of working from home?

An advantage of working from home is that you can balance better between your private and work life. Scheduling an appointment with the dentist no longer has to be a problem. It also saves a lot of time and money. After all, you are no longer stuck in traffic and no longer have any delays. Moreover, you can concentrate better at home because the workplace is quieter than, for example, an open-plan office.

Employers also benefit. You are often more productive, because you have a balance between your private and work life. Another advantage for the employer is that it reduces absenteeism. At home you continue to work more often, despite a cold. Moreover, you do not ignite your colleagues. And not to forget, it also saves an employer a lot of time and costs.

What are the disadvantages of working from home?

The balance between private and work life can also get out of hand due to working from home. A sick child or your role as an informal caregiver can disrupt the balance. You have less contact with colleagues and that can be detrimental to team building. The employer has less supervision and does not see what kind of work you have done. This can ensure that the employer assesses you more strictly. An employer is also less able to oversee whether the workload is becoming too high.

Employers also have no or less control / supervision of you at home. Another disadvantage may be that as a home worker you feel less involved with the company or with colleagues. This can be detrimental to the atmosphere in the workplace. In addition, it is more difficult for an employer to provide a good and safe (home) workplace.

Of course there are more advantages and disadvantages. Below is a schematic representation of the advantages and disadvantages of working from home.

Benefits for employees Benefits for employers
  • Better balance between private and work life
  • Less or no travel time and costs
  • Report sick less quickly
  • More productivity
  • Better concentration
  • Time saving
  • Efficient deployment of employees
  • Higher productivity
  • Less costs (energy / travel costs)
  • Lower absenteeism
  • Less time lost due to travel problems

 

Disadvantages for employees Disadvantages for employers
  • Less contact with colleagues
  • Work results are less visible
  • It is more difficult to separate the balance between private and work
  • Stricter assessment by employer
  • Higher energy costs due to being at home more often

 

  • Less supervision
  • Less control
  • More difficult to offer a safe and healthy workplace
  • Less involvement

 

 

Questions?

Do you have any questions? Then contact us. We can help you with this. We can be reached by telephone on 0345 - 851 963 and you can also email us via sc@unie.nl.