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Homeworking/remote working

Rachel Sharp Editor's message: The experience of homeworking for millions of employees during the coronavirus pandemic has prompted many employers and employees to consider remote working as a key part of their model of future work.

In some organisations, or for some roles, a move to permanent remote working may be the best option. However, in many cases employers will be looking at a hybrid or blended model that allows employees to:

  • work remotely for part of the time; and
  • attend the workplace at other times.

Organisations considering adopting this approach should bear in mind that, while many employees will welcome this additional flexibility, for some the experience of remote working will not be so positive. Asking employees what has worked well while they have been working remotely, and what the challenges have been, can help organisations to plan for long-term changes.

Employers should also consider additional training and support to equip line managers to lead remote, or partly remote, teams on a temporary or permanent basis.

Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor

New and updated

  • Type:
    Editor's choice

    Coming soon to XpertHR

    Updated to include a key survey on the future of the workplace.

  • Date:
    24 May 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Hybrid working: Your HR questions answered

    Instead of simply reverting to pre-lockdown ways of working, many organisations are thinking about whether to adopt a hybrid working model on a permanent basis. We take you through the key things you need to think about before switching to hybrid working.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Policy on requesting flexible working

    Updated to include hybrid working as a type of flexible working that can be requested and refer to a separate policy on hybrid working.

  • Date:
    12 May 2021
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Hybrid working - a case study

    How should HR implement hybrid working effectively? We talk to housing provider and XpertHR customer Orbit about how it has implemented its "WorkSmart" programme for 850 employees, and how it plans to continue this beyond the pandemic.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Future of work: Hybrid working policy

    A model policy to set out your organisation's approach to hybrid/blended working, when moving to this way of working.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Future of work: Employee survey on proposed move to hybrid working

    A model employee survey to gauge your staff's attitude to, and appetite for, a move to the hybrid/blended working model.

  • Date:
    26 April 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Planning the future of your workplace: Six things for HR to consider

    The scale and duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the enforced shift to home-based working has led many organisations to think about the future of the workplace and a move towards a hybrid or blended working model. Gemma Dale takes us through six areas for HR to consider as part of its planning process.

  • Date:
    13 April 2021
    Type:
    Podcasts and webinars

    Podcast: Legal aspects of moving to hybrid working

    What process should employers follow when moving their workforce to hybrid working? Principal employment law editor Stephen Simpson joins us to discuss the legal aspects of implementing hybrid working and answer HR's questions about making the move.

  • Type:
    Policies and documents

    Homeworker mental health action plan

    A model mental health action plan to help homeworkers manage their day-to-day mental health and wellbeing and to help line managers support their staff who are working from home.

  • Date:
    22 March 2021
    Type:
    Commentary and analysis

    Homeworking: Helping employees to balance work and caring commitments

    Lockdown has brought many challenges for employers and employees alike - not least those who have had to juggle their day-to-day work with home schooling a child or caring for another dependant. Graham Brown takes a look at ways in which employers can help support working carers and parents.