Large employers see no reason to adjust their working from home policy in the increasing number of corona infections. Staff often still work at locations outside the office, they indicate. Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether the government will tighten up guidelines for the workplace after Tuesday’s corona press conference.
Officially, the government’s advice is that employees should work from home if possible and on location if necessary. This makes a mixture possible.
Earlier this month, ING, with about 20,000 employees in the Netherlands, started hybrid working, whereby staff can work partly at the office and partly at home. As a result, employees come to the office more often, says a spokeswoman. Whether adjustments to the policy are necessary for the bank depends on any new rules that the cabinet can announce next Tuesday.
“But there is no obligation to come to the office, also due to the situation we are still in in the Netherlands,” explains the spokeswoman. “And in case of complaints such as a cold, we say: don’t come.” ING’s workspaces are filled to a maximum of a quarter of normal capacity, according to its estimates.
Competitor ABN AMRO also closely monitors government instructions before adjusting its homeworking policy. But a spokesperson emphasizes that it is still very quiet in the bank’s offices. “If we strictly adhere to the 1.5 meter rule, we would be at 20 to 25 percent of capacity, but we are far from getting there.” Rabobank states that working at the office is “definitely possible”, but applies the rule that employees must work from home if possible.
Chip machine maker ASML, with 14,000 employees in the Netherlands, says that office employees sometimes come to their workplace so that projects do not come to a standstill. “But not everyone comes to the office. It’s still a mix. People have noticed in the corona months that they can work from home,” a spokeswoman said. She emphasizes that ASML also has production locations in the Netherlands where working from home has never been possible anyway.
At the employers’ organization VNO-NCW, the rapid increase in the number of corona infections is not yet a reason for a renewed call for more working from home, as the lobby club sometimes did last year. “It strikes me that quite a lot is still being worked from home,” said a spokesperson. The FNV union also has this impression when it comes to large companies, but bear in mind that this is different within small and medium-sized companies. The union also understands employees who prefer to go to the office because of the home situation.
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