The vast majority of Preston home workers are having to meet the associated costs of equipping and maintaining their workspace themselves according to the latest research by leading global workplace provider, Regus.
The survey found that less than a third of people working from home (31per cent) received contributions from their firm towards kitting out their home office.
If a company subsidising the cost of a worker’s home office is unusual, an employer covering all the costs is particularly rare. Eighty seven per cent say most companies that encourage their employees to work from home do not cover all the costs of creating and maintaining a professional workspace.
The costs to equip and maintain a home office can be substantial. Over a third (35 per cent) of respondents report that it would take a whole monthly salary for them to fit out a professional working space within their home.
Additionally, the surveys reveals that the average cost of running a home office for workers in Preston is almost £2,000 a year. Nearly half of workers think that most companies encouraging their employees to work from home are simply trying to transfer the workspace cost onto the employee.
Richard Morris, UK CEO, of Regus, pictured, said: “The cost of furnishing a home office is substantial so if this expense is passed onto employees, companies could find themselves flouting health and safety laws as well as lacking the necessary insurance cover. Nevertheless, the financial benefits of remote working for both staff and employer are clear. By cutting commuting times and working more flexibly staff become more productive.”