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60% say companies should pay for WFH expenses: Survey

A new poll from LinkedIn found that a majority of workers believe their company should be paying for their work from home expenses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yahoo Finance's Sibile Marcellus joins Akiko Fujita with the details.

Video Transcript

AKIKO FUJITA: Should employers start shouldering the cost of that? Sibile Marcellus is here with a LinkedIn survey.

SIBILE MARCELLUS: Back to the office timelines are really hard to come by, as many employers are realizing that some of their workers will be working from home permanently. So that brings up the issue of work from home expenses. So LinkedIn did a poll where they asked their users around the world, millions of them, if they felt like companies should pay for work from home expenses or if it's workers that should pay for them? Well, overwhelming majority, 60% said, no. It's companies that should pay for work from home expenses. And a minority, about 30%, believe that it was workers that should pay for that.

So that poll hit a nerve. Thousands of comments were generated, and employees called out their employers for not covering expenses that they would usually do at the office, such as utility bills, phone bills, high speed internet. Some even went as far as to say that companies should pay for toilet paper. Some said they should pay for coffee and tea. But there were also some pushback from some workers, saying that, no, employers shouldn't pay for that, and that working from home is a privilege.

AKIKO FUJITA: Yeah, no question employers are increasingly going to feel that pressure of shouldering the cost the longer we go working from home. Thanks so much for that, Sibile.