[LINK] Working at home

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Aug 4 09:49:10 AEST 2021

On Wed, 2021-08-04 at 08:44 +1000, Tom Worthington wrote:
> If the worker can do their job from home, there is no need for the 
> employer to pay for office space.

The principle is very simple: Any activity, asset, service or utility
that benefits the employer should be paid for by the employer. If I'm
using my own space, chairs, tables, heating, lighting, power, Internet
etc in the service of my employer's interests, the employer should be
paying for them (or at least for a reasonable share of them).

This is, happily for the employer, offset by a lesser need for such
things to be permanently tied up in office blocks. As the latter are
generally WAY more expensive than the employee's versions of them, and
as the employer only needs to pay for actual use, rather than be paying
for them 24/7, it generally works out pretty heavily as a net benefit
for the employer.

>  Some organizations already don't have reserved seating for staff.
> That could be extended to the point where the if the employee wants
> to come to work, they have to pay for space.

I'd have an two word, two syllable answer for an employer that tried

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at biplane.com.au)

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