Personal Workplace Budget

Joy of choice

When a new VSHNeer starts, they decide after the trial period whether they want to have a fixed Office Workplace or a Remote Workplace. If you prefer to work primarily in the office, you get a fixed workplace with the VSHN standard equipment. If you choose to primarily work remotely, you get financial support to improve your workplace at home.

Personal Equipment

Every VSHNeer gets some personal equipment in addition to their personal laptop:

  • Free choice (within the range of usual costs) of your personal mouse, keyboard and headset.

  • Equipment can be taken over for free when leaving VSHN.

  • The equipment is the property of VSHN and has to be taken care of. Defective equipment will be replaced by VSHN, provisioning, and maintenance organized by Antares.

Office Workplace

If you choose to have a fixed desk in the office:

  • You get a fixed workplace (desk and chair), 1 big or 2 smaller screens and a docking station (Lenovo USB-C/Thunderbolt Dock).

  • The furniture and equipment is property of VSHN, remains in the office and has to be taken care of. Defective equipment will be replaced by VSHN, provisioning, and maintenance organized by Antares.

Remote Workplace

You don’t have a fixed desk in the office.

  • VSHN ensures that there are enough floating desks you can choose to work from when you’re in the office. See desk sharing.

  • After the trial period (and for all current VSHNeers), you can claim up to CHF 400.- per year in the form of expenses for furniture or equipment that will help you to work better remotely.

    • If you don’t make use of this, the budget adds up to a maximum of CHF 1200.-, in the years you have no fixed desk. It isn’t possible to change between Office and Remote Workplace every year.

    • It isn’t possible to expense the same bill over multiple years.

    • Antares takes the final decision about budget per item (is it within the range of usual costs?) and communicates it to the interested parties.

    • Stuff bought with the financial support of VSHN remains the property of the VSHNeer, which also means that maintenance, repairs, replacements, etc. are the responsibility of the VSHNeer.

    • The budget isn’t considered a salary component and isn’t paid out in the event of termination of the employment contract.

Transition for existing VSHNeers

  • The implementation phase for existing VSHNeers should be completed by 31.12.2021 at the latest, depending on the COVID development.

  • VSHNeers choosing to no longer having a fixed desk, can expense the CHF 400.- per year, see above.

  • VSHN buys a headset (personal choice, we recommend Jabra Evolve 65 MS, Budget ca. CHF 200.00) for every VSHNeer, which counts as Personal Equipment (see above).

    • Either ask einkauf@vshn.ch to order one or expense it if you already have bought one (which will then be assigned a VSHN asset number).

Recommendations

Headset

  • Jabra Evolve 65 MS (USB connection and Bluethoot with dongle available), approx. CHF 170.00

  • (Epos) Sennheiser Game Zero - Closed-Back-Headset (with passive damping of ambient noise), approx. CHF 200.00

  • (Epos) Sennheiser Game One - Open-Back-Headset (without attenuation of ambient noise), approx. CHF 200.00

Reasons:

  • Bluetooth headsets can only use the microphone in the HSP/HFP profile, which allows only very poor audio quality. The A2DP profile with good audio quality doesn’t allow the use of the microphone.

  • Bluetooth headsets always have some audio latency, which affects the quality of the video conference.

  • Some special headsets, for example those from Jabra, use their own Bluetooth profile for better audio quality. However, these only work with special USB dongles and not with the Bluetooth chip integrated into the laptop. In addition, these usually offer sufficient audio quality for video conferences, but not for music.

  • The use of the microphone integrated into the laptop leads to problems with echoes (when using the speakers at the same time) and a lot of disturbing ambient noise.