Creating a WFH policy is not an everyday task, so you may need some help when getting started. There are several approaches to preparing a WFH policy, but Deck 7's BDA guide is an efficient and unique approach to this process.
What is a BDA Guide?
Deck 7's BDA Guide is an organizational method that allows you to divide any process into three parts before, after and after. Once you break down the process in this way, the smaller goals become clearer and it becomes much easier to get any job done.
This approach works well for WFH policy drafting because the policy itself requires many factors to consider, and the WFH policy has much more to do with the document. Use this employer's guide to guide your policy drafting efforts and enhance your overall experience.
Previous: Key components of a job from home policy
This is the first part of the WFH policy formulation. Before you start making real policy, you need to start planning. The key elements of the policy need to be determined in order to plan the policy. These key factors may vary depending on the organization, industry or geographical location. But there are some elements that are unified and necessary:
Purpose or objective of WFH policy
Employee Eligibility for WFH Policy
WFH duration for employees
Mandatory requirements for working from home
Working hours and shifts
KPIs for remote employees
Security and confidentiality
There are many additions to WFH policy that you can make, such as communication procedures, compensation and benefits, break timing, dress codes, and more. It is important to tailor the WFH policy to your needs. Once you have all the key elements needed for the policy, you can move on to the next step.
DURING: How do you draw up a WFH policy?
There are a lot of guides about going for a WFH policy, but it says nothing about the actual process of making it. Large companies usually outsource this process to their legal team or an individual contractor. But if you are just starting out or your organization is relatively small, the policy making process is likely to fall on your shoulders. For your convenience, the drafting process can be broken down into smaller parts:
Arrange key elements of WFH policy in the appropriate order
Start with one element at a time, for example - the goal of your WFH policy
Fill in the details of each component - describe the purpose of your WFH policy in detail, answer why you want a WFH policy, and what you want to gain from it
Ensure that each component is completed with the required details, including procedures, expectations, liabilities, requirements, and contact information if required.
Proofread the entire policy document once all the components are included
When employees receive a copy, add an endorsement to sign
Make sure the language is calm, clear, formal and error-free
If necessary, approve the document from the required authorities
Print the document on the organization's letterhead, and you're ready to go!
If you need a quick start, you can check out the WFH policy template for the HR report.
After: How to implement a WFH policy
The final part of preparing a WFH policy is after the actual drafting. This is where you need to implement and implement the WFH policy. Implementing the WFH policy poses a number of challenges when working from home, which is not clear in advance. If you pass on the policy document to employees and expect them to read and follow it, there will always be shortcomings in the process. To properly implement the WFH policy, you can take a few steps:
Once the policy has been prepared, the company will hold an extensive meeting to discuss the policy and its implications.
Send an email to all employees of the organization containing all the details related to the WFH policy
Communicate the expectations of the organization clearly and leave nothing to reason
Update on the role of all managers when it comes to WFH
Ensure that all policy updates are communicated to all members of the organization multiple times across different channels
A good plan, a concise document, and effective communication will ensure that your WFH policy is well crafted and successfully implemented.