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Remote working checklist
Get your company ready for remote working by completing the actions in this checklist
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Feasibility
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Can employees do their work from home?
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Do employees have the tools necessary to do their job properly?
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Will they be given a laptop to use at home?
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Have they been shown how to use this equipment?
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Have they been told who to contact in the event of issues with the hardware?
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Do you have insurance to cover equipment taken out of the office?
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Will they be expected to use their own device?
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Will they need to agree to install all required software?
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If they leave the company, will they be expected to remove all company data and tools from their device?
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Do your current tools support remote working?
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Have you evaluated all existing tools to ensure they are appropriate for remote working?
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If any tools aren’t appropriate, have you researched and chosen suitable alternatives?
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Is all necessary software installed on the laptop/computer?
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Do employees have logins to the software?
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Do they know how to use the software?
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Do they know who to talk to if they run into any software issues?
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Do employees have internet access at home?
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Does this need to be of a certain standard?
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If you have an internal network, do employees need to be able to connect to the network at home?
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Have you set up a VPN?
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Do employees know how to access this?
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Do employees need to make or receive work calls at home?
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Is your existing phone system supported outside of the office?
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If not, have you chosen and set up a VoIP provider?
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Have employees been assigned their own extension?
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Do they know how to use the VoIP system?
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Policies
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Do you have minimum communication requirements?
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Are employees required to ‘attend’ regular online meetings or conference calls?
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When will these meetings take place?
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How will employees access the meetings?
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Who will lead the meetings?
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Outside meetings, do employees need to engage in any other regular communication to keep in touch?
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What are the rules around when and how employees can work remotely?
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How often are employees allowed to work remotely?
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Are there any days that remote working is not allowed?
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Do they have to give anyone notice that they’ll be working remotely?
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How much notice do they have to give?
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Who do they have to tell?
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What are the acceptable methods of communication for this?
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Do employees have to be based at home, or can they work remotely anywhere?
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What are the rules around attendance?
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If an employee is working remotely and is unwell, what is the procedure for dealing with this?
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Who do they have to tell?
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What are the acceptable methods of communication for this?
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What hours are remote employees expected to work?
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How will you protect the company’s assets and data?
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Have employees been informed of their responsibilities in terms of protecting the company’s assets and data?
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Will the company pay a proportion of remote workers’ utility costs?
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How much will they be compensated?
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How will this be paid?
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Has an official remote working policy document been drawn up?
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Has this been circulated and signed by all employees?
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