Ensure your employees have everything they need to be comfortable, productive, and successful while working remotely.
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Working From Home during COVID-19
As companies around the world transition to remote work, more and more employers are introducing work from home stipends to help make their employee’s transition to remote work smoother. By subsidizing things like office equipment and internet service, employers can help employees upgrade their makeshift home offices, so they can remain productive until we all head back to the office.
Learn more about potential tax savings specific to COVID-19.
Companies set stipends and determine permissible spending.
This may include:
Ergonomic furniture such as desk and chair
Electronics such as headphones, monitors, and printers
How it works
The stipend is available for spending on the Benepass card, alongside the employees' other benefits. Employees choose their preferred products and service providers and track spending and balances on the Benepass mobile app.
Benepass tracks and validates spending per company policies. We'll ensure IRS compliance and work with you to determine tax implications.
Show your remote employees that you care.
Out of sight, but not out of mind. Work from home stipends show your remote employees they are a valuable member of your team and you appreciate their many contributions. Since they miss out on in-office perks, your remote employees can use the stipend to buy their own work perks—coffee, healthy snacks, you name it!
Let employees choose how to spend their money.
No one knows what your employees need better than they do. A work from home stipend empowers them to customize their home office set up with the equipment they need to be successful—whether that’s in the form of an ergonomic chair for a bad back or an office plant to brighten up their space.
All on one card
Your employees can use their physical or virtual Benepass card to pay directly for work from home expenses. Plus, our user-friendly mobile app lets them check remaining balances and eligible merchants on the go.
Key considerations for WFH stipends
Keyboard and mouse
Give your employees an extra boost:
Grocery and/or meal delivery
Healthy lunch delivery
Snack and/or coffee budgets
Virtual BYOB happy hour
Meditation and mental health
Which benefits are one-time for set-up (e.g. purchase of computer monitor), and which are recurring?
In California, you may be required to pay for certain WFH expenses for your employees if it is a required aspect of completing their duties.
You may also be required to report this fringe benefit as taxable wages.
How will you track spending and remit payment to your employees?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll walk you through setting up your WFH benefit!
Benefits of work-from-home stipends
✓ Sprinkle some joy for your team
✓ Show your remote employees you appreciate them
✓ Increase productivity with the right equipment
✓ Attract and retain remote talent
✓ Increase employee loyalty