The ‘Arbo’ regulations also apply at home
Refund the purchase price
Provide home-working furniture on loan
For full control over the (Arbo-standard) quality of the home workstation you can provide every employee with a (new or used) home workstation on loan if they ask for one. In this case the workstation belongs to you, and if the employee leaves the company the loan agreement ends and the furniture is collected. This approach involves a lot more work (although it can be outsourced), but it shows that you are taking responsibility for the well being of your employees. And it also puts an end to any tax issues.
The experience of Rob Keulemans, Director Business Development and homeworking expert:
“It is not a good idea to pass the entire responsibility onto the employee individually. We have learned that when given a budget to spend freely, only few employees spend it on homeworking furniture. Whereas most employees on a fixed home-working budget do.”
Home workstation on credit
Another possibility is to allow every employee the opportunity to buy their own (Arbo-compliant) home workstation on credit (interest-free pre-finance) if they ask for it. The workstation belongs to the employee, so there are no issues with return logistics, storage, cleaning or refurbishing (but remember to arrange for the balance to be paid immediately if an employee leaves shortly after the purchase). More and more companies are taking up this option as it helps them navigate the process with the support of a reliable outsourcing partner.