How nothing at all means change after all
Does nothing in the cabinet plans mean that as an employer you don't have to do anything? Certainly not! Research by the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (KiM) shows that the percentage of employees who want to continue working from home after the corona crisis has risen from 25% to 45%. Almost half of the employees will therefore no longer want to go to the office every day. The most important reason cited by the employees is flexibility and a reduction in travel time.
Benefits of working from home
If employees work from home more often, this offers employers many advantages. The home worker is more productive and calls in sick less often. In addition, employers save a lot of costs, mainly due to lower rental costs for office space, but also reduced expenditure on gas, electricity and catering. PWC even calculated a saving for companies in The Netherlands of almost 1.7 billion euros per day that employees continue to work from home. This is a huge cost saving. At the same time, working from home costs employees an average of 2 euros per day, according to calculations by Nibud. And they would like to be reimbursed for those costs.
Moreover, there have been far fewer travel movements to and from the office in recent years. In total, the CO2 emissions of the Centric fleet have decreased by 34 percent in 2020 (these figures are not yet known for 2021). This is a decrease that can largely be attributed to the requirement that we all work from home as much as possible.
Provide good facilities
Corona has removed all doubts about 'The New Way of Working'. The change in our way of working is unstoppable. Employees no longer want to go to the office every day, even after corona. But they would like a contribution for the extra costs they incur and support in creating healthy working conditions. If employers want to remain interesting and attractive to employees, they must offer good facilities for this. Otherwise, they will fall behind.