Steps to successful home working

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. When the concept of home working is introduced into an organisation, it isoften said that the least suitable people instantly volunteer. To overcome anypotential problems, you need to outline from the start not only the type andlevel of the role that may be suitable, but also deal with each application onits own merits, in accordance with pre-specified criteria. Not everyone wants to work from home. Those who are most suitable tend tobe: – Self-motivated – Responsible and reliable – Results-orientated – Goal setters – Effective time managers – Effective communicators – Highly skilled Home working is often offered by organisations on an informal basis, with ahandful of people working one day a week out of the office, perhaps when theyfeel they have a need for some quiet time away from interruptions. But one financial organisation is now actively encouraging more formalisedhome working. Rapid expansion has meant that the company is running out ofoffice and car parking space. It believes it is important to recognise teams have very differentrequirements and that some are growing out of space faster than others. Keennot to introduce a “one hat fits all” solution, it has chosen to lookat each case on its own merit. Through a series of practical workshops, linemanagers have been helped to identify from the offset some of the pros and consof home working. When considering home working, roles need to be considered on an individualbasis through a structured process. It should be the responsibility of theindividual to approach his or her line manager with a request to work fromhome. Reviewing the home working is also important. Both sides need to have a wayback if the arrangement isn’t working. It has to be remembered that it is thejob that is given the home-working label and not the employee. If the persontakes on a new position it doesn’t necessarily follow that his/her new role canbe undertaken from home. Many home workers may feel guilty when using their “prescribed” worktime to hang out the washing or put the dinner on. Whether or not it isacceptable depends entirely on the role and the contract that has been agreed.If the job is more project-based, such rigidity probably isn’t required. In nocircumstances should home working be used as an alternative method ofchildcare.By Carol Savage, Managing director, Flexecutive Steps to successful home workingOn 24 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more