Posted to #workfromhome
Follow
Jeff Martyka
2 months ago
Follow

What is the TRUE cost to WFH?

I am amazed at everyones rush to Work From Home (WFH)..... Have you even considered the financial increases you assume when you do so? When you worked in an "office" you probably turned down your HVAC setting and switched off your lights before you left for work. NOW you are at home and that small savings has been eliminated causing your electric bill to increase. When you worked in an "office" you had all of your electronics plugged in there and never were charged for the energy consumption, internet use and a myriad of other energy gobbling issues. NOW, all that is on you increasing your utility bill, internet bill and any additional "maintenance issues" that have to be covered. When you worked in the "office" you were clearly covered by the organizations insurance, had a work space that "was the safest the employer "chooses" to provide, participated in fire drills, had functioning smoke detectors and fire extinguishers where local regulations require them. NOW, many are working on makeshift desks, bought the cheapest extension cords and outlet extenders possible (Human nature at work!) and COULD find yourself fighting your employers Insurance Carriers when something "happens" and you tell YOUR Renters Insurance or Homeowner Insurance Carriers that the "event" was due to your working from home.... Ahem, OSHA set the stage when they published this new group is NOT covered by years old requirements.... Talk to your Insurance agent, MAKE SURE you are covered! (YOU MAY NEED TO PICK UP ADDITIONAL COVERAGE OR AN UMBRELLA POLICY). Look,WFH is great for many. I am not saying it cannot be done. What is a CONCERN is the costs and LIABILITY you MAY face by doing so. It will be different for everyone but all I am asking is: What is your true cost to WFH as you have the potential to decrease your income and not have the insurance coverage you think you have..... In today's world it is WORTH looking into. #workfromhome #insurance #energy-efficient

15
10 Comments
Like
Comment
Share
Francine Harmon

Value points made!

10w
Like
Reply
3
Tim Anderson

i have been working from home for the past 6 years and i would never go back to office work. There is very little added expenses to your heating, electric or wifi bills. you don't need to buy dress clothes, less wear and tear on your car or less transportation costs not to mention not taking the risk of injury getting to and from work. I have worked as a contractor and most of the stuff you mentioned can be written off of your taxes at the end of the year. Working at home is not for everyone but, once you start you'll never want to go back.

10w
Like
Reply
11
Shayna Resnick

Since COVID more people have been working from home

10w
Like
Reply
David McDaniel

Don't you also take risks of auto accident on the way to or from work? Being shot by a disgruntled employee?

10w
Like
Reply
Annie M.

WFH is not a new concept. I've been doing it for over 10 years. Some companies embrace it more than others. Ultimately it's a question of TRUST for companies, some are control-freaks, just saying. Theres a lot of advantages to WFH - from efficiency to higher productivity, and most of your life and safety. I had to tell an employer when I was on an IT support call at midnight, that I'm not driving at wee hours to provide 24/7 support, it's unsafe. We had an employee who died because he fell asleep on the wheel from exhaustion and got into an accident. Guess what he left a young family behind. So point this out the next time they don't trust you, what's your life worth to your family? can't put a price tag or justify the risk on that.

10w
Like
Reply
2
Jessica Suddards

Hey Debby downer you clearly forgot about paying NO GAS driving to work which is HUGE savings! At least $400 monthly for most, or no wear and tear on your vehicle! The huge savings not having to buy new work clothes or shoes, the list goes on n on! Most full time jobs still pay everything such as benefits, 401, vacation, life insurance. Sounds like someone is mighty salty for some reason. The number 1 question is; what the heck is it to you what people do? Who the heck do you think you are that anyone would give a damn about your opinion?

10w
Like
Reply
Francisco Laguna

I'm currently unemployed and live in a high crime area so it's not beneficial for me or the company to bring home ANY of their equipment or files. What would happen if someone broke in while I was away and stole all of the company's assets? Thats right, my assets would get fired! I would be worried to death leaving home for the simplest of errands.

7w
Like
Reply
Melissa Huffman

I Would like to work from home

5w
Like
Reply
1
Post