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For work, there's no place like home (homeworking)
Article Type: Abstracts From: Human Resource Management International Digest, Volume 16, Issue 2.
For work, there’s no place like home (homeworking)
Suff R. Equal Opportunities Review (UK), October 2007, No. 169, Start page: 12, No. of pages: 8
Purpose indicates the benefits of enabling employees to work from home and advises how to make this form of flexible working work well in practice. Design/methodology/approach reviews the extent to which homeworking is being used by UK companies and highlights research that suggests that is makes good business sense to enable employees to work from home. Discusses the rights of employees to request to work from home. Sets out the health and safety and the managerial matters that need to be thought through. Illustrates how homeworking can be implemented and managed effectively by profiling the homeworking scheme introduced by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough council that has won an award for its homeworking pilot scheme. Findings underlines that employees who work for home can be more productive for the organization while achieving better home-life balance for themselves. Stresses the need to manage homeworking effectively, advising on drawing up a policy the sets out how the scheme will work and the expectations of how the employee will work. Also advises on developing a system of managerial support for the employees. Originality/value discusses how to make homeworking a success.ISSN: 0268-7143Reference: 36BA302
Keywords: Homeworking, Flexible working, Productivity, Management techniques, United Kingdom