How important is it to have a policy defined for tele-workers?

It all depends on your company’s needs and criteria for the teleworker program. Policies can help you define guidelines and standards for employees around what is expected for them to work remotely. If you want them to have a specific remote work set up – such as a home office, high speed internet access, a dedicated phone line, then you may want a policy defining these needs. If you need to have answers to questions such as:

  • What positions are eligible for telework?
  • How can an employee apply for a telework position?
  • What are the minimum requirements for an employee to maintain a teleworking status?
  • Is teleworking status reviewed annually?
  • Who provides the remote office equipment (the employee or the company) and what are the requirements?
  • Is the employee or company liable for a work injury incurred while teleworking?
  • How will the company ensure that the same level of collaboration and communication endure in an offsite team?

If you need to define any of these questions, then the company should define policies for their remote worker positions.

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