Many Dutch people will probably continue to work partly from home once the corona pandemic is over. Employees will continue to work from home for more than a third of their working time, Rabobank reports after a survey of more than 2,000 Dutch employees.
Participants in the study were asked both how much they would like to work from home and how much they expect their employer to allow them to work from home. Rabobank economist Sjoerd Hardeman thinks that the amount of time people actually spend out of the office will lie somewhere between those two numbers.
That would mean that the average employee will work from home 35 percent of the time. Before corona, this was only 24 percent of the time. Hardeman also assumes that more than a quarter of employees will continue to work from home most of the time. Before the virus outbreak, according to him, less than a fifth of the people did that.
Exactly how the distribution will turn out is expected to depend on several factors. Highly educated people, employees with a higher income and employees from the communication and information sector and business services, in particular, have a greater desire to work from home. The research also shows that higher educated women with young children between the ages of 0 and 13 are clearly more willing to work from home than other women.
Since September 25, the government has advised to work from home if possible and to work in the office if necessary. Employers and employees can themselves make agreements about an appropriate division between work on location and at home. This means that the advice to work from home has been relaxed compared to before. According to Hardeman, the question in the Rabobank survey was really focused on the period when there is no longer any advice at home working.
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