How to manage homeworkers
Author: Claire Birkinshaw
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- Bear in mind the potential advantages to both employers and employees of homeworking arrangements.
- Consider imposing a trial period on the homeworking arrangement.
- Ask the employee to agree to new terms and conditions of employment before commencing homeworking.
- Clearly specify the hours of work, and the days that the employee is permitted to work from home.
- Set out the equipment that you will provide to the homeworker and ensure that he or she knows how to use it.
- Agree who will bear any costs arising from the homeworking arrangement.
- Specify who is responsible for insuring the equipment used by the homeworker.
- Arrange for a risk assessment of the homeworker's environment and activities.
- Provide appropriate information and systems security protection.
- Consider the issue of any caring commitments that the employee has.
- Make sure that systems are in place to communicate with the homeworker and to provide information and support.
- Set out provisions for the possible termination of the homeworking arrangement.