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Good news for employees and managers: Many companies are more open-minded and less insistent there’s only one way to get the job done — clearing the way for greater use of flex time and telecommuting.
The key is that many companies are offering employees a better balanced work environment. That, in most cases, means there’s more flexibility in where and when the job is done — as long as it gets done.
In the 2012 National Study of of Employers, produced by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute (FWI), data showed that more workers have been allowed to occasionally work from home — which also gives them the opportunity to tend to personal business without taking a hit in the wallet.
Among the other encouraging 2012 findings in the SHRM-FWI survey, compared with 2005 results:
- using flex time and freedom to occasionally reschedule hours, within a reasonable range: 77% in 2012; 66% in 2005
- taking time during the workday to tend to pressing family matters or personal needs: 87% in 2012; 77% in 2005
- being able to control over-paid and unpaid OT hours: 44% in 2012; 28% in 2005, and
- working a certain amount of time at home: 63% in 2012; 34% in 2005.
Setting up an off-site employee
Considering giving an employee permission to work from home?
There are a few steps you can take that will make the experience go more smoothly, for you and the employee.
- Establish the proper setting. Be sure people have the tools they need to be able to effectively complete the job. For example, Will they need a printer? Copying machine? Internet access?
- Make the expectations — and expected results — clear. Agree on a clear and quantitative means of measuring the employee’s production. Simply counting hours usually won’t work under this arrangement.
- Open the lines of communication — both ways. People who work off-site need to feel they’re part of the loop; people who work in the office need to know they can rely on their peers who aren’t under the same roof.