Former Vision Group CEO, Robert Kabushenga has suggested that employers should allow staff to work from home or in shifts as a measure of dealing with rising fuel costs that have made the daily commute to work very expensive.
In a tweet that has since gone viral, Kabushenga argued that in the end, this option would be cheap for the employer and the workers.
IDEA:With the escalating cost of fuel, employers should consider letting people work from home/in shifts to avoid the cost of commuting to work. Might be cheaper both ways. Just saying
— Robert Kabushenga (@rkabushenga) May 19, 2022
Kabushenga’s suggestion mirrors the arrangement that was adopted by many companies during the Covid-19 pandemic when the lockdown forced them to allow their employees to work from home to halt the spread of the virus.
Yet after the economy was fully reopened in January, firms went back to their traditional ways, appearing not to have learnt lessons from the pandemic, argued some of the people who responded to Kabushenga’s tweet.
“The Covid-19 pandemic didn’t teach employers in Uganda anything. Working in offices is the new normal.
Your recommendation is strategic!!” said Enock Nkulanga.
Some however argued that working from home could be more expensive for employers who may be required to equip their staff with tools like laptops and mifis.
Unable to bear the rising fuel costs, many people have parked their vehicles while public transporters have hiked costs. Goods of essential commodities have also gone up.
Museveni is expected to address the nation on May 22 on the rising commodity prices.