Deloitte, like Ahrend, puts good employership into practice. After the Covid outbreak in the Netherlands, Deloitte saw the alteration of its office environment as its top priority. When it became clear that homeworking would be necessary, they looked at how 7000 employees might be given an ergonomic home workspace in double-quick time. Harry Vlaardingerbroek, Chief Workplace Officer, tells how Deloitte tackled the issue with Ahrend's help.
Future of Working
"Before Covid, homeworking wasn't official policy at Deloitte, and it was purely incidental. Our employees were usually to be found in our offices or on the clients' premises. Coronavirus showed us that homeworking on focus tasks and for online meetings actually works really well. This led us to compile a wide-ranging survey with HR on our work methods post-coronavirus. 'Working from home' takes pride of place in our new 'Future of Work Programme'."
Home workspace? Our responsibility!
"We have had a formal homeworking policy since November 2020. Employees who work out of the office, on the clients' premises, automatically get a laptop stand, headset and separate keyboard from us in accordance with Health and Safety requirements. Now that we have been working more frequently from home and for longer periods, during and after Covid, it is our responsibility as an employer to provide a workspace at the home address. In the beginning, it was possible to borrow a computer screen and an ergonomic chair, but this was only a temporary measure."
‘It is our responsibility as an employer to provide a workspace at the home address.’