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Factsheet for measure LT-2021-14/1862 – measures in Lithuania
|Country||Lithuania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 April 2021|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
|Author||Rasa Mieziene, Inga Blaziene (Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences)|
|Measure added||13 April 2021 (updated 10 May 2021)|
After the introduction of quarantine in Lithuania (the first quarantine lasted from 16 March to 16 June 2020 and the second quarantine was introduced on 7 November 2020), most companies and organisations switched to remote work. As this mode of work has proven to be effective, companies plan to continue teleworking after the end of quarantine. In this context, they offer their employees one-off grants for improving their workspace at home. One of such companies is Danske Bank, which announced on 1 April 2021 to provide grants to employees so that they can set up a comfortable and safe workspace at home.
Danske Bank has announced that it will provide a €700 extra payment for all employees to set up a workspace at home. As the latter amount will be subject to taxes, each employee should receive around €410 net upon request.
According to the company’s management, such a decision was made taking into account that after the end of quarantine the company’s staff will have freedom to opt for teleworking. Currently, all employees of the company have individual laptops for work that can be used both in the office and at home. During the quarantine, each employee had the opportunity to take two monitors and other necessary equipment home, and most were offered ergonomic chairs. However, at the end of the quarantine, all additional equipment (except laptops) will have to be returned to the offices. Thus, the grant is intended to allow employees to upgrade their home space with necessary equipment or furniture and, at the end of the quarantine, to continue working comfortably both from home and in the office.
The grants will reach employees already in April 2021. The employer does not specify exactly what employees should buy and where, but has made a list of offers from partners where employees can purchase hardware or office furniture at a discount.
The company also plans to offer these grants for home office to company’s newcomers and/or employees who returned after a long leave.
In Lithuania, grant applications have been filled in by more than 3,200 employees of the company (out of approximately 4,000). Out of 764 interviewed employees of Danske Bank, 36% said they would buy an adjustable-height desk, 32% an office chair and 27% a monitor. The rest indicated buying a table lamp, a keyboard or other accessories.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were not involved.
No information available.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|K - Financial And Insurance Activities||K64 Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding|
|K66 Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Danske Bank gives employees a grant to upgrade their workspace at home, measure LT-2021-14/1862 (measures in Lithuania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/LT-2021-14_1862.html
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