People choose to work from home for many different reasons. And not all people can work from home. “How strongly is that group influenced by these high energy prices?” asks Katrien Vangrieken, who is affiliated with the Department of Psychology and Pedagogy at KU Leuven. And in any case, the choice is very individual: “There are so many different reasons why people want to work from home. During the corona crisis, we saw that the ecological impact is also important for many people. That group may be willing to pay not to go to the office after all. come.”
Autonomy also remains an important factor. “I think that a kind of individual cost-benefit analysis will be involved. To what extent do certain advantages or disadvantages influence your choice of whether or not to go to the office,” says Vangrieken. “More free time, not having to make the trip. For some people that is more important than a higher energy bill.”
Those who commute to work every day and have to pay for their own transport costs also have higher travel costs. These will also have to be taken into account when making the choice.