HR Snapshot #21: A Brief Guide to Temporary Homeworking during COVID-19
Posted on 22nd April 2020 at 12:27
With the COVID-19 lockdown extended, it’s clear that things are not going to return to ‘normal’ anytime soon, so it’s important to have in place a temporary home working policy so that everyone is clear on how employees will be managed during this period.
We don’t know how long lockdown will last for, or what the lasting effects will be on our working practices, but what we do know is that organisations need to support their employees through these difficult times. Once we return to working in offices, it is very likely our ‘new normal’ will require an element of home working, so reviewing and refining your current practices helps to future proof your approach.
If you have not already put a policy in place, here are a few things to consider:
What support and guidance might employees need? What’s worked well in the past three weeks and what needs to change?
What equipment do employees need to do their job? Can you apply for governments grants to ensure everyone can contribute to their full potential?
Do any reasonable adjustments need to be made for employees to continue to deliver outcomes in their job whilst working from home? Have you thought about how to support your employees mental health?
How will results and outcomes of employees work be measured and monitored? How will you keep employees engaged?
Have you provided employees confidentiality and data protection guidelines to ensure their safety and the safety of company data?
Humber HR can provide you with a Temporary Homeworking Policy for you to ensure all the key considerations are covered and you are also protected. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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