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Home workers footing office costs

Most of Nottingham’s home-workers are having to meet the costs of equipping and maintaining their workspace according to the research by global workplace provider, Regus.

The survey found that only around two fifths of people working from home (43%) received contributions from their firm towards kitting out their home office.

If a company subsidising the cost of a worker’s home office is unusual, an employer covering all the costs is particularly rare.

Seventy-six per cent said companies encouraging employees to work from home do not cover all the costs of creating and maintaining a professional workspace.

A quarter (25%) of respondents in Nottingham reported that it would take a whole month’s salary for them to fit out a professional workspace in their home.

Additionally, the surveys revealed that the average cost of running a home office in the UK is almost £2,000 a year.

Over a third (35%) of Nottingham workers thought that most companies encouraging their employees to work from home were simply trying to transfer the workspace cost to the employee.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus comments: “The cost of furnishing a home office is substantial so if this expense is passed to employees, companies could find themselves flouting health and safety laws as well as lacking the necessary insurance cover.

“Nevertheless, the financial benefits of remote working for both staff and employer are clear. By cutting commuting times and working more flexibly staff become more productive and more likely to remain loyal.

“A far better solution is for companies to offer workers the chance to use a fully equipped, professional, flexible workspace close to home. Not only will they be safe in the knowledge that they are complying with health and safety rules, but they will know staff have access to the right equipment and technology for a predictable monthly cost.”

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