Remote work in Poland: everything you need to know

Remote work is becoming increasingly popular in Poland. According to a study conducted in 2023, about 20% of Poles work remotely.

Types of remote work

There are several types of remote work:

  • Full remote work – the employee performs all of their duties from home or another remote location.
  • Hybrid work – the employee works part-time in the office and part-time remotely.
  • Flexible work – the employee can choose their own working hours and location, in accordance with the company’s established rules.

Rules of remote work

The rules of remote work are defined by the employment contract or internal company regulations. In general, the employer has the right to establish the rules of remote work, but they must be fair and not violate the employee’s rights.

Some of the basic rules of remote work include:

  • Established working hours – the employer must establish working hours for the employee, which may not exceed 8 hours per day.
  • Breaks – the employee must have the right to breaks during the workday.
  • Provision of the employee with the necessary means – the employer must provide the employee with the necessary means to perform their duties, including a computer, equipment, and Internet access.
  • Cost compensation – the employer may compensate the employee for costs related to remote work, such as Internet or electricity costs.

Cost compensation

The employer may compensate the employee for costs related to remote work if they were related to the performance of their duties. These costs may include:

  • Internet costs
  • Electricity costs
  • Furniture and equipment costs
  • Transportation costs

Who can refuse remote work?

The employer may not refuse an employee remote work if the employee has the right to it under the law. These employees include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Employees with children under the age of 4
  • Disabled employees
  • Employees who care for sick relatives

Conclusions

Remote work has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of remote work include:

  • Convenience – the employee can work from anywhere with Internet access.
  • Freedom – the employee can choose their own working hours and location.
  • Saving time and money – the employee does not waste time commuting to and from work.

The disadvantages of remote work include:

  • Lack of direct contact – the employee may feel the lack of direct contact with colleagues.
  • Limited supervision – the employer may have limited supervision over the work of the remote employee.
  • Potential for distraction – the employee may be distracted by household chores or other activities.

Despite these disadvantages, remote work is becoming increasingly popular and may become more common in Poland in the future.

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