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
Updated to include guidance for line managers whose team members are working from home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including on returning to the workplace as lockdown measures ease.
Updated to include information on the temporary tax exemption for equipment purchased by employees working from home.
More than three-quarters of City of London financial services workers feel they are at least as productive working from home during the lockdown as they were in the office with the lack of commuting commonly cited as a key reason.
Updated to take into account government guidance on holiday entitlement and pay during coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated to reflect that some workers are being asked to continue homeworking while others are starting to return to the workplace.
Updated to take account of the addition of a loss of sense of taste or smell to the symptoms that should trigger self-isolation.
A model HR letter to notify employees who can work from home that they should continue temporary homeworking while the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown is eased.
A model form for a line manager to record a health and safety discussion with a homeworker during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated to reflect an increase in the tax-free sum employers can pay to employees for household expenses without the need for evidence of expenditure.
Despite many workers saying they feel trusted and that employers have done well in implementing working from home over the past month, almost half of workers expect a return to limited flexible working policies once the coronavirus lockdown ends.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to homeworking/teleworking.