Creating a Remote Work Policy by Mark Perlberg

Many companies have given employees the opportunity to work remotely as an effective tool for attracting and retaining top talent.  Workers are able to gain flexibility and employers also get the benefit of choosing the best person for the job, no matter where they’re located. Technology today also offers more opportunities for employees to work outside of the traditional office.  However, as this benefit becomes more popular, employers without a well-crafted remote work policy should be aware that they could be putting their business at risk for potential legal problems.

If your employees are paid hourly and eligible for overtime, do you know exactly how many hours they are working? Are you giving remote workers equal opportunity for training and promotions? If your employee gets hurt while working remotely, are you responsible for their safety? What about data security when working in a public setting like a coffee shop or library?

These are just a few of the many questions and concerns that can arise from allowing employees to work remotely. A comprehensive remote work policy should cover topics like which positions are eligible to work remotely, availability requirements, communication expectations, how productivity will be evaluated, equipment and tech support, any physical space/location requirements and information security.  It’s important to have policies and best practices in writing and update them on a regular basis to help everyone stay connected and also help improve team performance in the long run.

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