Do you know what freedom feels like? You do if you have support from your employer to work at home or on a flexible schedule or reduced load. Is physical presence more important than delivering? Can people do their work on an alternate schedule or work remotely once in a while? For white-collar jobs and many others, yes!
The true question is around trust and having some common sense policies. It takes trust on the part of managers, but when employee is trusted, they will most likely respond by proving they are worthy of that trust.
Smart policies help. Not all jobs can be done remotely. Minimum service requirements with a satisfactory rating are necessary for eligibility. From there, the department manager should screen the request and if they agree, it should no be permanent, lest the employee later claim it as an entitlement. Use your leave management system to apply, approve and track FWA’s.
I am excited to be facilitating a class for 35 HR and business leaders on this topic through SAPPHIRE offered by SNEF. We will run this class again soon due to demand! Contact Veena Tharmaseelan at SNEF at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.