Benefits for Remote Workers - end of the road for the car?

Is the company car dead? Hands up those who have hardly driven anywhere on business this year, whilst racking up hours on Zoom? That’s most of us then. For years the company vehicle has been showing signs of decline as a benefit, unless you are in field sales or have to travel between company premises daily. Two lockdowns in and with many of us working from home the car benefit must surely have been consigned to the bin for many firms. But what can we offer instead?

There are many arguments for and against remote working with greater productivity, lower costs and better communications being seen by the employer and reduced travel time and more flexible hours being of benefit to the employee.

If you want to attract and retain remote workers what do you need to offer, besides a salary and the usual benefits, instead of a company car? Typical salary benefits include a car or car-allowance, healthcare, pension contributions, life assurance, a mobile telephone and laptop, travel expenses and lunch allowances. Earlier surveys have also highlighted these somewhat unusual benefits on the wish-list of employees:

  • Hangover days
  • ‘Pawternity’ leave
  • Netflix subscriptions
  • Nap rooms
  • Hair and beauty discounts
  • Christmas shopping days
  • Free food
  • Travel
  • On-site medical care
  • Language lessons

However, with extended remote working some of these are not possible, apart from the nap room, which can be your couch or bedroom! So, what could we offer to employees who do not need travel, lunch or car benefits? How about:

  • Wi-fi expenses and IT Support
  • Household expenses
  • Wellness programmes
  • Gym membership
  • Health, dental and vision plans
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Right to disconnect, as in France
  • Shopping discounts
  • Training and development courses
  • Healthy eating advice
  • A local office/desk if home working is not practical

You can also point out to them that they can claim working-from-home tax relief which is worth £60 or £125 depending on your tax status. It’s not much but it all helps.