Telecommuters – People in this category continue to have a work space in the office, but they are allowed to work part time from their home. What kinds of jobs are able to do this: sales, computer technologies, financial, arts, design, media, military, legal, community services, architecture and engineering to name a few. The key cost saving benefits include reduced office space requirements, lower staff turnover, higher morale and greater productivity.
Digital nomads – This group does not have many of the traditional things employees get given to them, like a desk, office or telephone. Instead, they work exclusively from a remote location. Typically this is their home, but it’s also common for people to travel and work at the same time. Organizations who utilize this approach see many benefits, such as lower fixed over-head costs and access to a much larger talent pool than geographically based recruiting allows.
It follows that if your staff are working from home, they are working alone and they need a lone worker safety system to protect them. Just because someone is a home worker doesn’t mean the rules don’t apply. They do.
Do you have employees who work from home or on the road? A key question for you to consider is the risk associated with your home workers. Ok Alone has written a hazard assessment guide designed to help you assess this risk. For example, it provides a very practical way of determining how frequently your lone workers need to check-in. You can download the guide here.
This blog was written by Ok Alone. Bailey Technical Services is pleased to share with permission.