If you want to introduce hybrid working, you should:
- create a hybrid working policy
- review and adapt any related policies or procedures
- consult your employees and their representatives
Once hybrid working is in place, you should regularly review your policies and check if they can be improved.
What a hybrid working policy is
A hybrid working policy is a document that:
- outlines how things work
- sets limits, whilst still allowing flexibility
This allows line managers and employees to discuss and agree specific arrangements.
Outlining how things work
You should explain how someone can request hybrid working, and how you will respond.
You should include in your policy how to introduce, set up and support an employee for hybrid working. For example:
- who will provide equipment, how it will be set up and how cybersecurity will be maintained
- safe working measures including risk assessment of the home
- what support is available and how can it be accessed remotely (for example, trade union support where appropriate)
- insurance requirements (for the employer and employee)
The policy should also outline how you will support and manage staff, including:
- health, safety and wellbeing
- performance management
- training for hybrid working
A policy should say:
- which roles are suitable for hybrid working
- where, when and how work will be done
Reviewing a policy
You should regularly review your policies and consult your employees and their representatives. Discuss how things are going and if any changes could be made.
You might need to review things because of changes in:
- rules around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- the needs of the role
- a particular piece of work
- the needs of the organisation.