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Working from home. Please share your experience of this.

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Thought this subject was worth a new thread.

 

Due to the issues raised by Coronavirus, it appears that many companies and public sector employers are in the process of organising for staff to work from home on a permanent basis, where this is possible.

 

HMRC for example have most staff working from home according to the reports I have read online.  Many other central and local Government departments have done the same.  So you can work out how many laptops and PC's have been purchased in recent times.  But the costs will be more than recouped, if Government departments no longer need such large offices with all of the running costs.

 

The purpose of this thread is to share experiences and opinions on working from home.

 

If you have worked from home, have you been organised enough to ensure that all work commitments have been completed ?

 

Have you been able to work with your line managers and colleagues to ensure that the work you share is organised in an efficient way, so you can work normal hours, having a good work/life balance ?   

 

How have you handled work pressures and relationships with the people and animals you share a home with ?

 

Have you had to handle difficult telephone calls and emails/messages from customers, while you are sat at home, without the normal support of colleagues you would have had working in an office ?  If you have had difficult work situations to handle while working from home, had that ever impacted on other people you live with.

 

Are people happy with public sector employees working from home handling members of public sensitive data, using home broadband connections, even with robust security provided ?

 

Are people happy that Bank/Insurance company staff are handling customers personal data whilst working from home  ?  Would you be happy that a Bank employee is checking your personal accounts, while sat in their living rooms/kitchens etc ?

 

People have been working from home for years, but due to Coronavirus, it is going to be much more common and I just wonder how many realise that if they work in an office currently, that they may be working from home soon to.

 

 


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If you are considering claiming Tax Relief on items purchased because you are working at home I think the form from memory is P87.

Beware,the words Wholly and Exclusively will mean HMRC will refuse most claims, for example Laptop,Desk,Chair,Ink,Paper etc etc from past experience proving Wholly and Exclusively is extremely difficult to prove as most items can be used for your own Private Use.

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Needs to be a decent broadband connection also Fibre is preferable if using IP phones with relayed phone numbers that remain with the worker.  Citrix is also troublesome for Sysadmins, always had connectivity issues remotely with Citrix.


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It is possible I could be working from home at some point in the coming months. I would receive an increase in pay and not have any of the issues/costs with commuting, other than occasional trips for meetings.  

 

Sounds great in theory, as the work I do could be done at home, with interraction via skype etc.

 

But there are issues that some staff would have, particularly those with disabilities, where they have adapted workstations. It may not be possible for these staff to work from home, as they just don't have the space to accommodate chairs, special desks, IT equipment etc. Also from a health & safety perspective, it would difficult for line managers to have daily responsibility for wellbeing of staff, other than speak to them, to ask if they are ok.

 

And those staff who deal with vulnerable members of the public who can on occasions be very difficult to handle, as they threaten self harm or worse. How can the HR wellbeing responsibility for these staff be effective, if the staff are remote working ?

 

There is a danger due to Coronavirus, that organisations rush into enabling home working, without thinking through all of the issues and carrying out risk assessments. Not all staff will be able to work from home, as they may not be suited to this, for many different reasons.


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There is the conundrum UB, there may be some solutions available dependent on the disability and how it affects the staff member, It will have to have some serious consideration, as to what is possible.


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BN. Agree.

 

Organisations looking at closing offices or reducing office space in use, as they will be enabling home working, are going to have to go through a process of looking at many different issues. Many of the issues they will not really have thought about.   

 

And the Broadband networks are going to have to increase capacity, as some are really struggling at the moment. With the number of people currently at home, there has been a sharp increase in data being processed.

 

 


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The connectivity issue is the elephant, not everyone has access to a sufficiently fast connection, Fibre is preferable if there are others at home also on the pipe if someone is streaming 4K, there goes 15-20 meg bandwidth, Office use unless loads of media and online videoconferencing, multiple users in the house using wifi  with a home worker on 8 meg is dodgy.


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