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A ‘telecommuting toolkit’


Telecommuting. Is it for you? asks a feature article in Workforce Online. It's not for everyone and may not logically fit every situation. Crucially, before you — or your company — even entertain the concept of Flexible Workplace Arrangements, beware! Do your homework. There are many considerations that must be taken into account such as liability insurance, workers' compensation, the purchase/upkeep of equipment, security, confidentiality issues and a host of others that are too numerous to mention.

The key, says author Sandee Wilkins, is to make sure you implement a detailed, comprehensive policy. "Lobby for buy-in from middle and senior management. Identify those positions that could be eligible for flexible arrangements and make sure everyone understands the criteria. There may be considerable resistance from co-workers whose positions would not be conducive to telecommuting. Be prepared to meet this resistance and be able to explain the reasons why."


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