Editor's message: As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, current government advice is that people should work from home wherever possible.
Many organisations will therefore find that they have to manage the majority or all of their staff working from home for an extended period. Employees could be doing so at short notice and may not be used to working remotely.
These temporary homeworking arrangements need to be carefully managed to avoid problems such as homeworkers feeling isolated or working excessive hours. It may be useful to remind employees of the resources available to help them to look after their physical and mental health during this time. It is also important that you create and maintain a team spirit when everyone is working remotely.
Regular communication from the organisation during this time will help to ensure that the arrangements work smoothly, as will amending any relevant policies and procedures to reflect the temporary changes being put in place.
Rachel Sharp, HR practice editor
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