Telecommuting Employees: Talent Development Considerations And Workforce Policies

Webinar: ID# 1026358
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
Telecommuting may be seen as a perk for employees and a useful option that employers like because it can increase the retention and attraction of top talent. But what are the pros and cons for employers? One of the pioneers of telecommuting, IBM, recently decided to “co-locate” some of its departments to encourage collaboration and innovation. Predictably, some employees who were used to being off-site were not happy.

Some studies have indicated that telecommuting can have a positive effect on employees and ultimately employers. Many companies have reported increased employee morale, productivity, and retention. But there are downsides as well, including distrust and jealousy among coworkers who have to be on-site, as well as security and pay issues.

Also, if you’re thinking of cutting back or eliminating your telecommuting program, there can be issues with ADA compliance. Employers may be required by law to allow telecommuting in certain cases.

Join us for a webinar to learn the pros and cons of implementing a telecommuting program, or rolling back one. An HR expert and a seasoned employment attorney will provide insight and tips on what you can expect, and what policies you need to have in place.

You’ll learn:
  • Why some organizations like IBM have been pulling back on telecommuting recently
  • Answers to questions such as:
  • Is there a link between retention and the flexibility of telecommuting?
  • Which types of workers should generally be considered as candidates for working remotely and which shouldn’t?
  • How do you know if your telecommuters are actually working effectively?
  • The case for “agile teams” and collaboration when rolling back telecommuting—and whether telecommuting rollbacks may lead to massive employee unhappiness and/or departures
  • How to attract and retain talent if you’re in a second-tier city and want employees to work on-site
  • How to tell if telecommuters are less engaged than on-site workers
  • Examples of organizations where telecommuting is going strong
  • What constitutes a disability that may merit telecommuting as an ADA accommodation
  • Additional legal issues relating to telecommuting you should be aware of
  • How to record hours worked for nonexempt telecommuters
  • Whether you may pay telecommuters less than in-house staff
  • Key issues concerning workers’ compensation
  • Telecommuting agreement essentials
  • How to effectively address telecommuting in your company’s employee handbook
  • How to evaluate job duties to determine whether on-site attendance is an essential function of the job
  • The hidden costs of telecommuting
  • How to get the best performance out of telecommuters
  • How evaluating performance and work quality may differ with a telecommuting employee from an in-house worker
  • Telecommuter discipline and termination best practices
About Your Presenters:

Mike Haberman
Co-Founder, Chief Consultant
Omega HR Solutions, Inc.

Mike Haberman has been in human resources for over 30 years, both as a practitioner and consultant. He is known as “The HR Compliance Guy” and as an HR Futurist. Mr. Haberman was named an “Influencer” to IBM’s New Way to Work panel. A senior HR consultant, he cofounded Omega HR Solutions in late 2000, beginning operations January 2001. Mr. Haberman is also an instructor at the University of Georgia School for Professional Education teaching human resources management. He has been a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) for over 20 years and was certified as SHRM-SCP from day one. With his background, knowledge, and experience, Mr. Haberman helps guide companies through compliance issues today, and prepares them for the world of work tomorrow. His blog has been published for over 10 years, and he writes for two other sites as well, Workology (formerly Blogging4Jobs) and eSkill. Additionally, he presents numerous webinars on a monthly basis.

Jonathan R. Mook, Esq.
DiMuro Ginsberg, PC

Attorney Jonathan R. Mook of DiMuro Ginsberg is a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the author of two treatises published by Matthew Bender Company, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations” and “Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities.” Mr. Mook lectures nationally on the ADA and other employment law topics. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts, and business disputes. He frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters. He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin.
Telecommuting Employees: Talent Development Considerations And Workforce Policies
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