As flooding hit Columbia, SC hard this week, the South Carolina Hospital Association announced that while no hospitals were evacuated because of Hurricane Joaquin’s aftermath, those employees not involved in direct patient care would be working from home.
It’s a precautionary measure, but one some employers turn to when disasters hit, that is, if they have a plan in place to allow telework. According to the National Study of Employers, 67% of employers allow employees to work remotely occasionally and only 38% offer telework on a regular basis.
Even among those who do offer the option, it’s unclear how prepared they are to turn to telecommuting in order to keep their businesses running.
To help make telework a reality, Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management has published a practical guide for employers and is launching the guide today at noon EDT with a free webcast you can sign up for here.
Workflex and Telework Guide: Everyone’s Guide to Working Anywhere is your go-to resource to figure out HOW to do telework effectively and make work work better for employers and employees.
The Guide offers specific strategies and practical advice for human resources professionals, managers and employees, on everything from how to craft a telework policy to talking points for employees who want to ask for flexible work options.