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More than half of companies do nothing about hybrid working

Nearly half of companies with more than 100 employees have a policy to encourage hybrid working. In smaller companies with a maximum of 20 employees, only one in five companies stimulates this, the Chamber of Commerce and Central Bureau of Statistics report based on data from the so-called Business Survey.

To stimulate or not

More than a quarter of all companies are convinced that hybrid working is here to stay and therefore encourage it, according to the sample held in October this year.

About 20 percent of companies think that hybrid working will continue to exist after the corona pandemic, but are doing nothing to arrange this for their own staff. Nearly 10 percent do nothing because they think the situation will return to the way it was before the corona crisis.

In addition, there is a fairly large group of companies (more than 28 percent of the total) that say that hybrid working is not an option.

These are mainly companies from the catering industry, agriculture and logistics. Hybrid working is also not possible for many companies for construction companies and factories.

Companies that are active in business services, real estate or communication are more than average enthusiastic about hybrid working from home.

Two days at home

This also applies to multinational Unilever, where employees work from home for two days and the rest outside. That does not necessarily have to be at the office, explains spokesman Fleur van Bruggen. This also includes visits to customers or partners.

Some activities are better done at home, but for other things you just need your colleagues or a different environment, the company concluded after research, says Van Bruggen.

Employees can decide for themselves when they come to the office and when they work from home. “We are not rigid, you look at what tasks are on your plate,” said the spokesperson. “You also have to set up your agenda a bit: if you have a morning full of calls, it’s better to do them at home, otherwise you’ll still be alone in a conference room.”

A fixed day

Every team has a fixed day that every member is at the office. “To really see each other once a week,” explains Van Bruggen.

After more than a year of working from home, it was quite a barrier for some colleagues to come back to the office, she says. “People have developed a different rhythm, also privately with, for example, bringing and picking up children.”

For the other days someone wants to work in the office, he or she has to book a spot. That is in a new building, close to Rotterdam Central Station. This is no coincidence: Unilever encourages employees to travel as sustainably as possible.

Anyone who comes to work by public transport will be reimbursed for everything, unlike those who come by car. Since the relocation of the old office in South Rotterdam, employees who drive a car have been reimbursed less than before.

The company does not have a homework allowance, but does offer staff the opportunity to lease a home office together through the Ahrend company.

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