Many Norwegian companies want to continue using home offices for workers even after the corona crisis

Home office - work from homePhoto: Thomas Brun / NTB
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Nearly half of the member companies in the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO) want to continue using home offices even after the corona crisis.

“If I have to predict, I think that more people will work from home in the future,” Nina Melsom at the NHO told newspaper Klassekampen.

A total of 3,794 companies participated in the NHO’s recentmember survey. 

According to the survey, 63% of companies have used home offices during the corona crisis. 

Among the largest companies – those with over 100 employees – the proportion is as high as 93%.

A total of 48% of companies want to continue with a flexible home office solution. This also shows that there is a need to look at the rules for home offices, Melsom believes.

New framework needed?

“Work has been initiated under the auspices of the Ministry of Labor. We have regulations from 2002, but a lot has happened since then,” she told the newspaper.

The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) warns that home offices could be a topic of discussion in future wage settlements.

“With extensive use of home offices, there is a lot we are worried about, both when it comes to the physical work environment and the psychosocial. 

“When companies save money on electricity, cleaning, and other things, the cost is passed on to the employees. 

“Then we must have a discussion about compensation,” LO deputy leader Roger Heimli noted.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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