- Aug 12, 2008
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fokkit outjie. dis heerlikI work for a multinational organisation and was transferred to Belgium a couple of years go.
Following the onset of lockdown during Feb last year, we were provided with a docking station for our Thinkpads, Logitech HD Webcam, Jabra Evolve 2 wireless headphones, monitor and the obligatory keyboard and mouse as well. The best part was however 400 euros paid out to offset the "increase in coffee and electricity utilisation" which was pretty cool, whilst we also received flowers, letters from the regional LT as well as fruit baskets etc. every quarter to keep the morale going.
Home internet is also fully paid for although that was already a standard employee benefit prior to Covid (approximately 70 euros per months for an uncapped & unshaped 1 Gigabit line).
Mobile subscription is also covered by the company (around 60 euros per month) and includes unlimited data and dialling in the EU, together with 600 minutes per month to South Africa etc.
I have a company car so not winning or losing anything due to not commuting anymore however, the working days are much longer than before albeit the flexibility is much greater as well (although the pressure and pace is much more intense than it ever was in SA).
Agreed. I pretty much communicate now with my team, and with those people I need to work with. I can't brainstorm with random colleagues from other teams at the coffee kiosk anymore.The only thing I miss, it the ability to bounce quick ideas off people. The it's a bit irrational to start a video call, or voice. Then schedule on calendar, because the guy is pooping or something. By that time, the idea has dissolved.
Just a chair and a monitor. Nothing else.
I have to pay for my own internet 50mbps minimum speed plus uncapped avail. By running imports and updates I use about 200gb of data pm just for work.
I have a laptop thats really the slowest i5 possible with barely any ram. My warranty has expired and I was told to use my personal laptop should that break.
I dont save on petrol as I really stay 5km away from my work. Have to pay for my own coffee, tea, electricity.
And now they want me to work from 7am till 7pm daily, even though my hours is from 8-4h30. And they demand me to take leave as they dont want their leave balances messed up, but I must take leave, and still be avail all day for work, and must check data imports etc. So I have told them i dont see the need for leave.
Now they want me to come back 4 days a week, but when i get home i must still work till 8pm