12 Steps to Create an Effective Work from Home Policy

What Is a Work from Home Policy?

Pros and Cons Working at Home

  • Signals Trust — You’re building a bond with the employee
  • Gives employees more personal time — They no longer have to commute
  • Supports focused work — They’re more focused on work without other distractions
  • Curtails absenteeism — They can still get a cold or the flu and work
  • Harder to establish boundaries — It can be hard for employees to turn off work and do other things
  • Isolation — There’s no social interaction with other coworkers
  • Eliminates spontaneous interaction with others — You aren’t going to run into anyone at the watercooler (or have one)
  • Comes with various distractions — The employee may have kids and a spouse to deal with

Guide to Create a Work from Home Policy with Samples

1. Define Who Can Work from Home

2. Establish the Approval Process

3. Set Work Hours

4. Provide Guidance for Time Management (Time Records)

5. Create Availability and Attendance Standards

6. Streamline Communication Options

7. Provide IT Support

8. Security Standards

9. Continue Internal Meetings and Programs

10. Establish a Dress Code

11. Record Receipt Acknowledgement

12. Gather Feedback and Improve

Conclusion

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