Telework, Remote Work Calls for 8 Rules for the Road

A win-win. That’s how Joseph Mutidjo, a writer with Smallbiztechnology, says many small businesses describe having all or some staff working remotely. Apart from reaping tangible benefits like lower operating costs (from saving on things like rent and utilities), companies usually notice improved staff morale and productivity because of more flexible work schedules, and for some, relief from traffic-congested commutes.

But to keep this working arrangement healthy, it’s necessary to have a remote work policy. This policy isn’t meant to take away the flexibility inherent in working remotely, but provides guidelines and boundaries that maintain order and allow staff to function at their best.

Here are Mutidjo’s eight points that should be included in your business’ remote work policy:

1) Office rules apply. Even though your remote employees are not physically in the office, they still need to adhere to all relevant rules outlined in your employee handbook. For example, if you have defined policies concerning work-related electronic communication, these rules continue to be applicable. Read the rest…

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