How to Manage a Smooth Work - From - Home Transition

Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH – Director, Medical Education

Work-From-Home Guidelines

Considerations Before Creating the Work-From-Home Policy

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  • Set expectations for employees.
  • Align the work-from-home policy with existing company policies and core values.
  • Ensure that employees understand each guideline and their new responsibilities.
  • Establish goals, such as:
    • Maintain work productivity.
    • Enhance employee experience.
  • Consider the following:
    • Suitability of:
      • Employee Characteristics
      • Job Role
      • Home Environment and Equipment
    • Physical Communication With External People
    • Software for:
      • Disseminating Company Updates
      • Timekeeping
      • File Sharing
      • Project Management
    • Risks of Cybersecurity
    • Provision of Office Supplies and Other Requirements

Recommended Tools

For Video Conferencing, Collaboration, and Employee Management
  • Skype
  • Discord
  • Zoom
  • Google Hangouts
  • Time Doctor
  • Monday
For File Sharing and Project Management
  • Trello
  • Assana
  • Podio
  • Microsoft Project
  • OmniPlan

Outlining the Work-From-Home Policy

  • Ask all employees for their suggestions or feedback before finalizing the work-from-home policy. This will help you figure out what factors are realistic or not.
  • Decide whether working from home will be required on certain hours and/or days only or full-time. Consider:
    • Management preferences
    • Employees’ obligations and communication tools
    • Having a team of technical support to assist employees in case of equipment or software malfunction
    • Scheduled internal meetings or events
    • Holding homebased meetings with external people and its accompanying risks
  • When measuring productivity, determine what is more important: time spent working or completed tasks.
  • Consider the technical limitations of certain software.
Approving Applications
  • Discuss:
    • Who will approve the applications
    • The criteria of evaluation
  • Talk to each employee to answer questions and settle concerns.

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Written By

Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH

Director, Medical Education

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