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.
- Understand the statutory right to make a flexible working request and handle any requests in a reasonable manner.
- Consider agreeing a trial period for the homeworking arrangement.
- Check whether changes to terms and conditions of employment will be necessary and ask the employee to agree to these before commencing homeworking.
- 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 they know 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 employee's caring commitments, if relevant.
- 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.