When your employees work off site or from home, employers have the same rights and responsibilities when it comes to managing performance as they do for on-site workers. There are a few things that Employers should put in place.
Ensure that there are clear policies and procedures specific to the work expectations, such as timelines for deliverables, how the manager will be overseeing the performance, how and when reviews will be done (virtually if needed), and so on. Despite the fact that the worker is at home they should still abide by workplace rules such as break and lunch times, dress code, and respectful conduct.
Employers should also establish a policy on who buys and maintains the equipment such as the desk, chair, computer (including software and updates), general office supplies, etc. as well as access to the company’s computer systems.
Make sure that you have a clear record of any company-owned equipment, furniture, files, or other items in the employee’s possession, and a signed agreement that the company has the right to recover these items should the employment relationship come to an end.
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