Last week, I wrote about one of the most contentious topics with regards to working remotely. Is it fair to cut someone's pay if they are given the benefit to work remotely?
Almost everyone on DEV & Twitter was vocal against this calling it absolutely unfair & presenting a multitude of reasons as to why it makes no sense.
So I want to follow up with an appeal to every employer on why they should offer a pay raise for asking employees to work remotely.
Hrishikesh Pardeshi@hrishiptweetsMYTH: If you want to work remotely, you have to take a pay cut ❌
If your employer asks you to do so, rubbish it right away.
Here's a set of misleading arguments to reduce pay for remote employees and why it makes no sense 👇
#remotework #EqualPay13:25 PM - 21 Oct 2020
Every company expects their employees to have top-notch work setup with minimal disturbance. Our homes are not made for that and we need to spend money for:
- Setting up a proper home office (table, chair, laptop stand etc.)
- Setting up primary & backup internet & power connection
- Additional bills for electricity, water, heating etc.
On the contrary, companies save huge costs on:
- Maintenance staff
I would vote no, this is an unrealistic ask because to be honest. Studies show that most workers who work from home, give more hours to their job not less. And the employer gets to save money on building, power, internet, etc by having an employee work from home. So this means that they are seeing a bigger benefit to an employee working from home. Not saying that the employee doesn't benefit, but I don't feel its appropriate to ask for the employee to take a paycut when they stand to save money.
Take any survey, conducted even in the middle of a global pandemic, and you'll see higher numbers in productivity & work hours for remote vs. in-office (latest example - Reuters' survey). Numbers are even higher when we look at surveys pre Covid.
All of this presents a very strong inference: Remote work results in more work done in less time. If that's the case, companies must pay higher compensation to remote employees.
No, same work = same pay. Plus working remotely often means you never leave the office both literally and figuratively.
When you hire someone, you pay him/ her to do the job. The pay shouldn't change just because the employee is now getting the same job done from their home or elsewhere.
On the contrary, the ability to work remotely opens up an entire new set of global jobs for remote workers. If you aren't going to compensate your remote employees fairly, they will switch to a company that fairly values their time, effort & skill.
Definitely not. You're hired to do a job at the salary you've mutually agreed. It wasn't on the proviso that you need more money to get there and eat out. You're paid that because you're worth it and that's what you get for doing that job.
Remote work is a serious competitive advantage for companies. Pay fair and trust your employees to make remote work work for you.