Having employees working from home in any format today, is not the same as it was in the height of the pandemic. “We’re in a different phase with these working arrangements now and if it’s not properly dealt with, then it does present employers with risks,” explains Joanne. Her takeaway recommendation is for all employers to create a specific working from home policy. “Not necessarily a whole new contract, if everything else is remaining the same, but a memo or an agreement as to what the new working arrangements are,” she says.
Everything should be covered, from health and safety to data protection, as well as a formalisation of issues like the permanence of the arrangement, when will it be reviewed, and aspects like mandatory attendance at group meetings on working from home days.
“There’s no one size fits all, but by sitting down and addressing these issues you can come to a working arrangement that suits everyone,” says Joanne.