Representative Advisory Councils

DAM funds survey: allowance for working from home most popular

1 Oct 2021 10:23 | Representative Advisory Councils

The Personnel & Organisation (P&O) committee of the Central Representative Advisory Council (CMR) has published the results of an employee survey. In the survey, organised by the CMR, employees were asked how they would prefer to see the so-called DAM funds (decentralised employment conditions resources) allocated. Among the options offered, an allowance for working from home was by far the most popular choice.

In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Universities of Applied Sciences (CAO HBO), a university of applied sciences must allocate a certain percentage of its total annual income to decentralised employment conditions resources. Among other things, this budget covers the occupational disability insurance for all employees.

There was a clear preference for the allowance for working from home. Employees chose this option most often, with 29.1% of the responses. Additional agreements on career policy (e.g. a sabbatical) followed at an appropriate distance, with 10.6%.

Age groups

The respondents were divided into four age groups: 35 and under, 36-44, 45-54 and 55+. Age-related preferences also seemed to apply. For example, the 55+ age group often chose the policy for older employees as their preferred option. The next age group down (45-54) tended to select the health policy relatively often. The 36-44 age group, in turn, tended to choose additional agreements on care leave and/or informal care.

Han Boels, chair person of the P&O committee of the CMR: ‘These results cautiously point to a preference for age-conscious policies being required of the AUAS. In short, the 36-44 age group often have young families and/or parents who are getting older, and consequently a preference for care leave and informal care is also appropriate. Something similar applies to the other groups.’

A total of 577 AUAS employees completed the survey between the end of June and the beginning of September 2021. The aim was to gain insights into the preferences of AUAS employees with regard to the allocation of the DAM funds. The research population formed a good reflection of AUAS staff in terms of age group and gender. The survey consisted of both closed and open questions.