I am thinking of homeworking. What will I and my employer need to consider?

Your employer will have to go through key criteria to see if homeworking is a realistic option for you. These will include:

  • Can the job be done as well at home as at work. Will quality be maintained?
  • Will other members of staff be affected? Will their workload increase?
  • Can the job be done without face-to-face contact with colleagues?
  • Will you as a homeworker be able to work without easy access to administrative or IT support?
  • Can your productivity when working at home be measured?

You will have to consider whether homeworking is compatible with your personal and professional characteristics. Important attributes for homeworkers are:

  • good time management;
  • the ability to prioritise;
  • the ability to cope with reduced social contact;
  • the ability to work without direct supervision;
  • being self-sufficient; and
  • the ability to stay focused and avoid distractions.

There are also practical matters to consider such as:

  • Do you have sufficient space in the home to set up a work station and store work equipment?
  • Is the house quiet during the day and free of distractions?
  • Can you ensure that data is kept secure?
Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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