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The price of telecommuting: employee expenses skyrocket 193%



Covid-19 has altered the dimensions of life: the introduction of the mandatory use of a mask and social security distance, the temporary dismissal of physical contact, etc. Without a doubt, work has been the aspect that has changed the most since the pandemic began. Its irruption has been the most prominent phenomenon in this 2020, although it was claimed before. However, is it as profitable as it seems? For companies yes. Its application has saved up to 5,000 euros per year for each of your employees, while the workers cost an arm and a leg. Internet and telephone costs have skyrocketed 196%, according to the latest study by Pleo.

The business industry does get the bills running this new work formula. A large part of the total expenditure goes to renting an office, but with a part of the staff working from their own home the amount can reach trimmed by 30%.

The electricity bill and other basic supplies, with a 50% reduction, telematic meetings to the detriment of physical meetings, reducing up to 40% of the total bill, and some of the social benefits, such as restaurant 'tickets' or company vehicles are other investments that have been relieved since teleworking was established.

It costs workers an arm and a leg

Despite the many advantages offered by this new modality, especially in terms of time flexibility and work comfort, in terms of profitability, all that glitters is not gold and, as the saying goes, "it is the chickens that come in through those that come out" . According to the data collected by Pleo, the fintech startup created to simplify the administration and management of companies' expenses, confinement It has not reduced costs, but only the accounting entry has changed.

Unlike previous years, investment in software and computing devices has increased by 42%, while trips for professional reasons, which have always represented an important part of the balance sheet, have collapsed by 78%. Other expenses that have caused isolation to be not as cheap as it seems has been office supplies, broken down into computers, routers, etc., and which has grown by 74% along with Internet and telephone numbers, which has skyrocketed 193%.


The cost of teleworking will continue to increase in the upline, so it is important to regularize the activity and apply adequate digitization, since it requires new expense management models. Spain approved its teleworking law last September.

Among its bases, Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labor and Social Economy, assured that the gDerivative matters must be assumed by the company itself, that is, costs and maintenance. With this new law Díaz defended that "the productivity and competitiveness of the Spanish economy will be increased".

Likewise, he announced that the norm obliges to agree on the time available and the rest will be distributed flexibly. Another of the bases of this law is the right to disconnect, that is, not to be permanently connected all day: "What we have had during the pandemic is not teleworking," the minister declared.



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