Homeworking

Homeworking is one of the most common forms of flexible working that employers offer. Homeworking means a worker agreeing to perform some or all work for the employer in his or her home.

A homeworking policy can provide benefits for an employer, for example allowing a valuable employee more flexibility, increasing the chances of retention. Challenges for homeworkers include ensuring they have the discipline to work alone and remotely, employee communication, and health and safety issues.


Staff feel pressured to demonstrate they are working from home

Almost half (46%) of employees feel under pressure to demonstrate they are actually working while working from home, research by...

How digital trends are changing the role of HR (webinar)

19 Sep 2018

ON DEMAND | Not a day goes by without a news story highlighting the impact of digital technology on people’s jobs, but how...

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How smartphones can land employers in the dock

13 Aug 2018

Smartphones are encouraging employees to exceed the number of hours they are contracted to work, which in some cases could...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

1 Mar 2018

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...

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Why employers should address loneliness in the workplace

1 Aug 2017

With many employees feeling socially isolated at work, there are many ways employers can help prevent loneliness in the workplace,...

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How to find the balance between flexible working and “always on”

18 Jul 2017

Research has shown that many workers value flexible working over a pay rise. Sarah Thompson asks how can employers ensure...

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Three in four firms have an employee wellbeing strategy

5 Jul 2017

Nearly three-quarters (71%) of UK companies say they now either have or are implementing a wellbeing strategy during 2017, research...

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Tory manifesto: National retraining, NI holidays and more gap reporting

18 May 2017

Theresa May launched the Conservative Party’s 2017 election manifesto today, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises....

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Legal and practical tips for employers on homeworking

10 May 2017

This month on 19 May it is “National work from home day”. So what should employers be aware of if...

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“HR professionals are still the people who tell you that you can’t do something”

7 Sep 2016

Stephen Bevan answers questions on evidence-based HR, perverse performance management and how technology is changing work.

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Dealing with commuter disruption caused by strikes

19 Aug 2016

Strike action across the rail networks has made it a struggle to get to work for many this summer. What...

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Eight reasons to turn the tables on hot-desking

3 Jul 2015

With the use of hot-desking and the number of flexible workspaces on the rise, David Whincup, head of the London...

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How can HR drive the best use of office space?

4 Jun 2015

Investment in office space is increasing, yet so is flexible working, meaning offices are rarely at full capacity. A new...

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Can “results only” working deliver the goods?

22 May 2015

Giving employees greater flexibility to help them balance work and life is now commonplace. But could allowing employees complete autonomy...

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WFH and HR: managing remote working effectively

28 Jan 2015

With snow affecting areas of the UK, Martin Flick looks at how to manage situations that warrant staff needing to...

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