By Eileen Mencias
Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion said the government should let business owners decide whether or not their employees could work from home.
Concepcion noted an increasing clamor from several businesses for employees to return to work but “there is some push back.”
When the pandemic forced people and companies to come up with flexible work arrangements, those working in offices realized that it was possible to work anywhere given a reliable internet connection.
One of the reasons people want to work from home is it spares them from the daily commute.
Concepcion said “the travails of the Filipino worker’s daily commute, especially in the NCR, are symptomatic of our general problem with transportation; it affects not just employees commuting to work but also other issues such as the transport of goods. “
He said people are hesitant to go back to the office for work because of the transportation problem. Returning back to the office for workers will stimulate other businesses such as cafeteria, UV Express, and the small kiosks in transport hubs and hinges on giving people a less troublesome commute.
“My position here is, let the business owners decide. They would know best which jobs require on-site work and which do not,” Concepcion said.
In some industries, a work from home arrangement may not be feasible but it could be welcomed by others who would see a reduction in their overhead costs.
As business owners decide on flexible arrangements, workers also need to make a decision on whether or not they will want to work for a company that will require them to go onsite, Concepcion said.
“It’s a complicated issue where one size does not fit all,” Concepcion said.
He warned that belittling the value of human capital has a cost if experienced employees choose to leave and find employers who would give them flexible work arrangements. (Eileen Mencias)