When employees work remotely it is to be expected that employers will have to cover the cost of work-related expenses and this includes mobile phones. In 2018 it is very rare you will find someone without a personal mobile phone which allows employers to either reimburse their employees for any work-related communication or they can provide them with a business mobile phone.
With employees having their own mobiles it is often reasonable to reimburse them but equally providing them with a work mobile has a range of benefits which are important to consider.
Internal communication within your business is key and apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other messaging services allow employers to quickly deliver important information remotely. Whether it be a weekly update newsletter, employees exchanging information or sharing updates, it is one of the quickest ways to communicate.
In any business, whether it be big or small, it is important to have a team of happy and productive people to be successful. Providing your employees with a business mobile is a step toward improving their happiness and productivity as it allows for more flexible working arrangements. Statistically speaking, allowing these arrangements helps to reduce absenteeism and can help to retain/recruit staff. It also allows them to reply quickly to any work-related calls or emails at all times of the day.
For years, mobile phones have been a very popular tax-free benefits employers can provide for themselves and their employees. There are specific conditions that must be met according to the HMRC guidelines, those being; the employer can only provide their employee with one mobile phone or SIM card and the phone contract must be between the employer and the supplier. As long as these conditions are met, then business mobiles can remain tax-free!
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