A working from home arrangement should be a way of enabling the employee to perform their normal job from home and should not be used primarily to fulfil childcare or other caring responsibilities. This means that the employee and manager should agree objectives in the same way as if they were in the office. Given that they will be working remotely, it may be more practicable to measure the employee’s performance in terms of outputs rather than hours worked. Feedback should be provided promptly during the trial period, especially if there are any significant issues.
The School’s Health and Safety Unit has produced guidance on Working from Home which emphasises the need to carry out risk assessments to check that the home environment is suitable for working. These assessments should be completed on a regular basis, especially if the working arrangement changes or if the employee advises their manager of a significant change in their home working environment.