Telecommuting Pros and Cons

Telecommuting is a flexible work arrangement that allows employees to work at home, on the road, or from another location for all or part of their workweek.

There are pros and cons associated with telecommuting programs, as it’s not something that will work for all organizations or employees.

If you believe telecommuting may be a good idea for your company, here are some of the things that you should consider before putting it in place:

*Will telecommuting be offered to all employees or just employees in certain positions?

*Will the company’s technology support telecommuting?

*Will only a certain number of days per week be allowed?

*Will there be a minimum performance level that must be maintained by telecommuters?

*How will performance and work output be monitored?

*How will working hours be monitored?

Issues related to workers compensation, insurance, state labor laws, tax laws, and union rules (if applicable) will need to be addressed.

HR POINTER: Telecommuting can be a good option for some companies.  Before implementing any type of telecommuting program, companies should have policies, guidelines, and agreements in place to ensure that all parties understand the scope, limits, and expectations of the program.

If you would like our list of “Telecommuting Pros, Cons, and Considerations,” please contact the Member-Partner who sends you our weekly HR Tip-of-the-Week and he/she will forward the document to you.

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