So new remote work policy came out, due to my living arrangement, there is absolutely no way I can adhere to it.

They also include ability to inspect home office.

I'm getting an office at co-working space, so will see if that will pacify the powers that be.

Luckily I seen on here to avoid Regus at all costs, so going with Pacific Workspaces.

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    Good call.
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    Wtf inspect home office? What country allows that?
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    Apparently the USA with written permission which is what signing the policy is.
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    Wtf is this inspect your home office thing?

    What is that for?

    What kinda jerk shows up at a co-workers house to 'inspect'?
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    @N00bPancakes Management, HR. Both have fewer morals than a tick or gut worm.
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    @spongessuck Every country - if the employee signs that off. If he doesn't, the employer doesn't have to grant WFH either.

    It's about e.g. workspace safety and ergonomics regulations where the employer is responsible no matter where you work.
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    @Fast-Nop I don't buy into the idea that they have to inspect someone's home because of ergonomics. That's BS.

    Tons of people working from home without inspections and somehow those companies are falling apart about "ergonomics"....
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    @N00bPancakes I mean to me, it seems like it's to make sure you won't be able to sue them or some bullshit because there's so many lazy fuckers and cunty lawyers tryna make a quick buck.
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    @Fast-Nop Rhay might fly if the company provided the “ergonomics” — chairs, keyboards, etc. they would be directly responsible. The company is not responsible for my own purchases or personal work environment.
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    @N00bPancakes @Root They are responsible because they let you work like this.

    Also (at least in Germany), if you get sick because of back pain due to an unergonomic workspace, it's the employer who has to foot the bill of the sick leave for the first 6 weeks.
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    The company is actually still responsible for workers comp which i guess is the excuse for this. But the other clauses (no child/elderly care) no distractive diversions etc, forced video for meetings.

    (I think my showing up on camera a few weeks ago unwashed and undressed in my very small kitchen forced this policy into effect lol)
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    @Fast-Nop and yet most companies aren't inspecting people's work from home spaces...
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    If they can have a clause allowing them to inspect your home office at will I'm sure there can be a clause to waive their responsibility for your "bad ergonomics."

    I'll tell you what; I'd never agree to a condition like that, I don't care what job it is.
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    @N00bPancakes Then they're setting up themselves for expensive consequences.

    In Germany, the employer is legally obliged to a safety / risk analysis also for teleworking, however not repeatedly - only one time. That's as per ArbStättV §1.3. Not doing this is a civil violation punishable with a fine.

    If however the emplyoee takes physical damage (can happen e.g. by cables lying around in an unsafe manner), then the employer is already in the realm of criminal offences.

    So, no, it's not that employers want to see how you live. It's that a WFH place is not your private affair because the employer is in with his money for sick leave (back damage!) and legal obligations.
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    Just signed paperwork. Going to new non-remote remote office on Tuesday
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