True teleworking does not include oversight of children

 

 

A pleasant workspace is important

 

Telework Program

Telework, or remote working, allows employees to work offsite, often from home. Teleworking provides flexibility with work hours and workplace, work/life balance, and savings because of reduced driving and parking. Working remotely can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions from not driving to the workplace.

A telework program is an essential component of an organization's disaster preparedness plan. When your employees can work anywhere, the organization can continue functioning through hazardous weather, a pandemic, physical attacks, or any event that would result in the closure of government buildings.

In Sacramento, thousands of people who have been working from home because of COVID-19 restrictions have proven that teleworking is a workable option for many people. A May 2020 survey by Zillow found that 75 percent of Americans who had been working from home for three months would prefer to continue to telework at least half the time once the pandemic eases.

Whether you're setting up a program and need sample policies, forms and tips for managing a program, or you are working from home and would like ideas on being productive, avoiding distractions and having an ergonomic workplace, this site has information for you.

When Teleworking is the Best Optionn

During the COVID-19 pandemic, some employees are "essential," but teleworking may be the best option when the employee’s function can be carried out at home, and in the following situations:

COVID-19 Experience is not True Teleworking

It is important to recognize that the Work-from-Home experience of COVID-19 is not true teleworking. It might be better described as Extreme Teleworking.

This Coronavirus teleworking is completely different thanks to four factors:

  1. Children. The most challenging aspect of working at home for parents is managing their children. Closed schools and the transition to distance learning has forced many working parents to take on the additional job of full-time teacher.
  2. Space. People are working from kitchen islands, dining room tables, couches and beds.
  3. Privacy. Housemates need space also and they may distract.
  4. Choice. People were not given a choice if they wanted to work from home or at the workplace. People have had to work from home every day.

A formal telework program will have the following expectations of employees who work from home:

  1. Children will be in school or daycare or there is an agreement with others in your home that the employee can schedule time for work and focus without distractions.
  2. The home office will not be a bedroom or shared common room. It will be an ergonomically safe workspace with desk, chair and computer setup.
  3. During work hours, the home office is a private place where you are not interrupted.
  4. Unlike working during the statewide Stay-at-Home order, employees will have a choice of whether they want to work at home and if so, will it be full-time or just one or two days a week?

Concerns about Employees not in the Office