Black Friday | WFH bargains topping employee wishlists

WFH bargains topping employee wishlists

With Black Friday (Friday November 27, 2020) making its annual appearance, many people will be using today’s discounts to bag themselves a bargain.

With so many people working remotely in light of the coronavirus crisis – and with research commissioned by GoCompare Home Insurance finding that just 27% have a dedicated workspace in their home – it is possible that some staff will make use of Black Friday to kit out their home office.

In fact, many companies, including tech giant Amazon, already have sections of their website dedicated to home office equipment, highlighting the increased demand for these sorts of items.

To find out which items remote employees might be after this Black Friday, HR Grapevine has collated a list below.

Read on to find out more.

Desks

When employees were moved to homeworking virtually overnight at the start of the pandemic, many didn’t have access to the correct desks to facilitate comfortable working from home.

This has resulted in some experiencing more aches and pains.

In fact, previous research from Nurofen found that 36% of UK adults have experienced increased pain over the last six months – largely due to working environments that aren’t suitable for long-term homeworking.

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The survey found that one-third of Brits were experiencing an increase in acute pains affecting their back, head and joints, which could be attributed to unsuitable desks, chairs and positioning of computer screens.

Therefore, it is possible that employees will want to invest in a proper desk that has more space and can be adjusted to the necessary height to help when working from home.

Chairs

Aside from having unsuitable tables or desks to work from, it is likely that some employees may not have the right chair equipment either.

In fact, earlier in the year, many employees took to Twitter explaining that they didn’t have a proper chair at home and that it was contributing to increased back pain.

While some may have purchased a proper chair between then and now, others may have held off until an opportunity like Black Friday to bag a bargain.

Therefore, it is possible that employees will take to the sales to find themselves a proper chair that will help relive back pain and make it easier to sit down for longer periods of time.

Computer monitors or stands

But it is not just desks and chairs that employees may be looking to purchase this Black Friday.

With remote working looking likely for the foreseeable future, employees may want to buy bigger and better computer monitors, computer stands or laptops to help them when working from home and give them greater freedom over where they can work in the house.

Some firms have contributed to home office set-ups

While some employees may be investing in these items themselves, some employers have previously offered staff money towards their home office set-ups.

For example, HR Grapevine previously reported that tech giant Google announced that it would reimburse staff up to £814 to pay for equipment to help them work from home.

Elsewhere, in March, CNBC reported that the jobs board Indeed said that it would reimburse staff up to £388 for standing desks, lighting or chairs to help them work from home more comfortably and productively.



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