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Intent of Telework

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Building a Telework Program

Define Management Support

Assemble a Program Team

Determine Program Goals

Employee & Work Suitability

Workplace & Legal Issues

Policies & Forms

Telework Policy

Telework Agreement

Electronic Communications

Records Retention Policy

Security Policy

Continuity of Operations Plan


Equipment Decisions


Manager Participation

Telework Coordinator

Program Communication

Program Promotion

Manager Evaluations


The telework policy is the guiding document for an organization's telework program. It may specify rules that all teleworkers must follow, as well as guidelines for employees and managers involved with telework. A policy can be very short - just a statement about the purpose of the program and how it should be administered - or it can be a lengthy document with numerous sections or clauses providing great detail on the responsibilities and requirements of administration and participation.

One of the most significant advantages of having a policy is the sense of fairness it creates. When there is a policy, there is greater likelihood that applications for telework are handled fairly, that denials of telework are for business reasons, and that overall program administration is uniform across the organization.

Policies evolve as needs and circumstances change and may be revised from time to time. As more work is accomplished via the Internet and through remote network connections, and as new technologies become available, policies will need to be adjusted accordingly.

In preparing a policy, there is one concept that needs to be taken into consideration regarding almost every issue; that is, the degree of authority that should be invested in the manager. When should the organization write a rule that applies to everyone and when should manager make decisions on an individual basis? The answer to this question depends at least somewhat on the culture of the organization. Most organizations limit rules to their most essential concerns, such as information security and liability, and leave administrative decisions to the managers. This may dictate the need for appropriate manager training.

The Toolkit includes a guide to writing a telework policy that includes the topics often found in policies and language that is often used. Reviewing this will help the program team decide which issues need to be addressed in your own policy.

A policy that is over-burdened with rules and regulations may discourage telework. Managers may be reluctant to participate if approving an employee's telework request means a significant increase in their own workload. The purpose of a policy is to help the program run smoothly, not to penalize staff.

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Guide to Writing a Telework Policy


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This page was last updated on May 23, 2009