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Home working arrangements

Last year, the number of people working from home reached a record high, when 4.2 million workers chose to embrace the more flexible option. With home working appealing to both workers and businesses, we’ve put together a guide to what each party can reasonably expect from the arrangement.

Skillset

Employees who thrive at working from home have a very specific set of attributes. If an employee doesn’t have these qualities, they can be trained to adapt to home working quite easily. Skills include:

• Good time management and self discipline
• The ability to work alone and self motivate
• Good lifestyle management. The distinction between home and work life will become even more blurred so it is essential an employee can manage to separate both
• Technologically adept

Creating a home office

The minimum requirements for a good home office include:

• A work space away from the domestic home environment
• Secure premises and a lockable cupboard or desk
• Compliance with health and safety regulations
• Telephone and internet access
• A computer with access to the internet, email software and access to a printer
• Appropriate insurance

Benefits and risks

The key benefit to working from home is increased productivity through:

• More efficient use of time
• Improved employee retention
• Reduced levels of sick leave and stress

There are a few risks associated with home working, including:

• Losing touch with employees and facing difficulty arranging meetings
• Reduced loyalty due to increased isolation
• Deterioration in employees’ skills and work quality

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