Flexible and hybrid working business models are on the rise. As a result of the pandemic, employees were forced to work from home but when the restrictions lifted, many decided not to return to the office full-time.
The latest figures from the ONS show that 44% of workers are hybrid or home based, with employees working from home on average, 2 days per week.
As an employer, you have the same duty of care and responsibilities to your employees if they are working from home or working on your premises. A Homeworking Package ensures that adequate risk assessments are in place to cover their working environment, their equipment, and their mental health and wellbeing.
HR and H&S Homeworking Package
Our improved Homeworking Package has been adapted to accommodate the modern workplace, covering both HR and H&S policies, to provide a fully comprehensive service.
Our Homeworking Package now includes:
- HR Homeworking Policy
- H&S Homeworking Policy
- Homeworking Risk Assessment
- Homeworkers Managers Checklist
- Homeworkers Workplace Assessment
- DSE Workstation Assessment
In addition, you will also benefit from a 60-minute telephone call with a dedicated consultant who will assist you in completing these documents and answer any questions you may have.
If you’re interested in finding out more on our Homeworking Package, call us on 0345 076 2288 or complete the form below.
Over recent years the number of people working from home has increased dramatically. What was once a niche practice is now widespread. Many companies are moving towards a flexible and hybrid approach, or a total home working model.
The benefits of homeworking
Flexible home working has a range of benefits for both employees and employers. For the employee, it reduces time spent commuting and can support a better work-life balance. For the employer, remote home working can reduce the amount of permanent office space required and may boost productivity. Retention of staff can also be improved by providing options for flexible home working.
Hybrid models that allow staff to combine working from the office with flexible home and co-working arrangements, helps to create a more contemporary workplace. This allows employees to enjoy different ways of working throughout their careers.
Days lost through absence due to illness or family emergencies also reduce when companies move towards remote and hybrid models of working. By offering homeworking contracts, companies can expand their recruitment pool, and attract and retain new talent while reducing their overheads.
What do employers need to consider?
Homeworkers must have the technology they need to work remotely. Employers need to be aware of their responsibilities for the welfare of their employees. In practice, this means ensuring employees understand how to work safely from home, and that a risk assessment is carried out. If an employee has an accident or suffers an injury while working from home, the employer may be held at least partially responsible.
As well as the risk of physical injury, homeworkers may face different mental health challenges to office-based workers. Employers should provide opportunities for homeworkers to connect, socialise and take time out either remotely or in person.