As government urges those who can to work at home, UKWA Associate Members HR Solutions advises that with the right practices, procedures and rules employees can remain engaged and productive whether in isolation or carrying out social distancing.
Here are some of their top tips:
- Prepare employees with the equipment to hit the ground running. As well as hardware, provide a home working risk assessment to ensure that employees are safe, comfortable and engaged.
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- Ensure everyone is using the same communication platforms. There are many tools to help employees work from home to communicate with colleagues and hold meetings.
- Set out clear policies on home working practices, e.g. hours of work
- Set clear objectives –ensure employees are clear on deadlines and have the support they need.
- Maintain a structured routine – a team conference call each day, or a social catch up so employees feel connected.
- Show flexibility for those with dependents to care for, such as short-term working arrangement to to help with childcare