The coronavirus lockdown has seen many of us change the way we work, while thousands were sadly furloughed or lost their jobs due to the pandemic, others were able to continue on with their roles from home.
Now, as the restrictive measures have begun to ease up and offices are slowly re-opening, the conversation has taken another turn – as some workers and businesses are exploring the option of working from home on a more permanent basis. After all, many staff have proven they're able to get the job done from the comfort of their sofa and minus a tedious commute.
One business leading the way with this train of thought is Twitter, who announced it'd be an option for some to work from home 'forever', so long as targets were still met and performance wasn't inhibited.
"The past few months have proven we can make that work," said Jack Dorsey, CEO of the social media and news site. "So, if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen."
But, experts are now warning that if this does become a viable option for more of us, that it's likely that we can expect for the idea of a pay cut to at least be floated. Hmm...
“Employers are facing a really tough decision ahead on how to deal with pay levels for home workers," says Jonathan Ratcliffe of Offices.co.uk, who find growing businesses spaces to work from. "You could recruit someone in say central Leeds, commanding a high wage due to location and job market, but they live in a low wage area such as Barnsley. Their commute in effect is inflating their wage – once they work from home, it might be hard to justify.”
Ratcliffe added that Twitter has clarified its position on the wages front too. "Twitter is saying that employees who ditched pricey San Francisco as a result of Covid and lockdown, to work from home will take a pay cut commensurate with living costs in their new location. The interesting part of this is that a survey [with 717 respondents] on Twitter’s own platform suggest 44% of us would take a 10% pay cut to work from home.”
Click Poll: Your company offers you the ability to work from home indefinitely --but a 10% reduction in pay.— Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) May 19, 2020
Reason: your costs reduce, move to a cheaper region, reduced productivity, you're competing with cheaper global talent.
Obviously there are arguments for and against such a proposal, the main one being why should you be paid less for doing the same amount of work?
Watch this space...
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