Work-from-Home is a win for employers and employees. Employees save money and time spent traveling to and from work and achieve a better work-family balance. For employers, studies have shown that Work-from-Home programs increase worker productivity, reduce illness, improve retention, and raise morale.
Work-from-Home allows employees to perform the duties and responsibilities of their job from an approved, alternate location, usually their home. Working from home can take place as part of a routine schedule, one or more days a week, or if a need arises.
With a flexible schedule, employees continue to report to their traditional worksite but reduce the number of days in a week they commute by compressing their work week. They may also shift their work hours to arrive and depart outside of peak commute times.
Spare the Air Work-from-Home Days
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announces upcoming Spare the Air Days when air quality is expected to be unhealthy in the region. Employers can sign up to receive notifications by text, email, or phone one day prior to a Spare the Air Day. Employers are encouraged to allow employees to work from home on Spare the Air Days, even if they don’t have a Work-from-Home program in place.
Work-from-Home and Flex Schedule Employer Resources
511 Contra Costa has developed the following resources to help you start Work-from-Home and Flexible Work programs:
- Guide to Getting Started
- Sample Flexible Work Program Guidelines
- Sample Work-from-Home Agreement
- Employee Work-from-Home Best Practices
- Employer Work-from-Home Best Practices
- Myths of Work-from-Home
Manage employees and connect with colleagues virtually using a variety of free and paid software platforms such as Zoom, MS Teams, Slack, Google Meet, Freeconferencecall.com, GoToMeeting, Bluejeans, Uber Conference or Skype.