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How to Make a Work From Home Policy (With Examples)

Ariel Lopez
Publication date:
September 30, 2022
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How to Make a Work From Home Policy (With Examples)

A work-from-home policy is a set of guidelines that outlines the rules about how employees can work remotely instead of physically coming into the office. A recent study by Global Workplace Analytics shows that 40 percent more U.S. employers offer flexible workplace options than five years ago, and 69 percent percent of employers offer remote work on an ad hoc basis to at least some employees. Remote teams are becoming more popular every day, so it is important to have an official work from-home policy in your employee handbook so that all workers understand the rules for remote work requests and the approval process. Additionally, it is important for employees to understand the benefits of working from home, such as increased productivity and reduced stress.
The key elements of a work-from-home policy are the eligibility criteria that are used to determine who's allowed to work from home and who's not. Organizations can build their eligibility criteria in the way that best suits their needs. These include role & responsibilities, performance goals, software/equipment limitations, tenure, work schedule, compensation and benefits, and team-building activities. Security risks and concerns can prevent employees from working from home due to potential cybersecurity risks and concerns. Approval processes can require a formal submission process or simply a verbal agreement. Compensation and benefits for remote employees can include internet expenses, vacations and PTO.
A successful work-from-home policy must establish clear communication guidelines, timekeeping and reporting guidelines, cyber security protocols, team KPIs, dress code, and dress code guidelines for in-office and remote employees. It is important to provide team collaboration tools and tech support, and set virtual meeting guidelines and availability requirements for employees with flexible schedules. Cyber security protocols should encourage the use of VPNs and train employees on basic cyber security practices. Team KPIs should be defined to measure team performance. Dress code should be strict or flexible depending on the company culture.


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Ariel Lopez
How to Make a Work From Home Policy (With Examples)
September 30, 2022
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