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Working from Home Checklist For Employers

Published September 22, 2020 (last updated February 9, 2023) - Head of Operations
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With businesses facing the reality that employees will be spending more time working from home, making sure your employees are seamlessly set-up is crucial to the future success of your business. It is equally vital to ensure that as a business owner you are fulfilling your Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) obligations – no matter if your employees are working from home.

A quick way to establish what you have, what you need, and your progress in setting up your employees to work from home, is to put together a working from home checklist.

What is a Working from Home Checklist?

When an employee works from home, their home is considered a workplace: and you, as the employer, owe them a duty of care. This duty of care is of course reasonable in the circumstances of an employee working from home.

A checklist should cover the fundamentals of your obligations when an employee is working remotely.

For example, an adequate working from home checklist for employers should prompt you to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do my employees have an adequate set up at home to allow them to work productively and safely?
  • Has the injury management policy been reviewed and updated to cater for working from home arrangements?
  • Does my business have a Working From Home Policy?

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Why Use a Working from Home Checklist?

For many businesses, employees working from home is a new concept that may need some tweaking until it’s perfected. For others, it’s a matter of integrating tools and strategies that ensure better productivity and success for the future.

A checklist is a recommended way to help yourself stay on top of, and keep track of, your WHS obligations.

By going through and ticking off the various parts of your checklist, you can easily stay in touch with what you need to do.

Employer’s Duty of Care to Employees Working From Home

As mentioned at the beginning, employers have a legal responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees, even when they work at home. The same health and safety rules apply, not only to your employee, but to others affected by their working at home.

If you require an employee to work from home, carefully consider their personal circumstances, whether they can carry out their role at home, any health and safety matters and, of course the needs of your business.

A checklist can assist you to carry out a risk assessment of their home office to see if there are any potential hazards or safety risks.

To assist employers with their WHS obligations with employees working from home, we have put together a Work From Home Pack for Employers

Working from Home WHS Checklist Free Download

Employees working from home is ‘the new normal’ for many businesses. Set up your business with policies, checklists and templates.

This FREE, downloadable pack includes:

  • Working from Home Coronavirus Policy
  • Ergonomics Checklist
  • Working from Home Checklist
  • Template memo to staff
  • Template working from home agreement

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Policies, checklists and templates to set up your business and your employees in the ‘new normal’ of working from home. Employsure’s Work from Home Pack for employers.

About Employsure

Employsure is one of Australia’s largest workplace relations advisers to small- and medium-businesses, with over 30,000 clients. We take the complexity out of workplace legislation to help small business employers protect their business and their people.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Risk Mitigation Should Employers Have In Place For Employee’s Working From Home?

    Employers need to ensure that they have adequate measures in place to protect the health and safety of their employees, even when they are working from home.

    Employsure recommends having the following in place to meet this obligation and to protect yourself from risks:

    • A Working from Home Policy
    • A Working from Home Checklist, that employees must complete to demonstrate they have an adequate set-up at home
    • Ergonomic guidance
    • A written agreement with any employee working from home, confirming that they have an adequate set-up to work from home

    Keeping open lines of communication with employees working from home will allow ensure you can mitigate any risks early.

  • Do I Need A Work from Home Policy?

    You do not need one, but Employsure recommends one. Having a work from home policy helps set out your expectations to your employees, giving you more control over any future issues that employees may have when it comes to working from home.

  • What Should Be Included In a Working from Home Policy?

    Things that should be covered in a remote work or work from home policy include:

    • WHS issues to look out for
    • How to assess WHS hazards
    • Confidentiality requirements
    • How to contact head office
    • Workplace Inspections

    For more information of what to include in a work from home policy please contact Employsure on 1300 207 182.

  • How Do I Help My Employees Set Up A Workstation At Home?

    Other than physically assisting an employee, you can help them set up a workstation from home by sharing Working From Home and Ergonomics checklists, and providing them with a list of equipment that will or may need in their role.

  • Do I Have to Provide Equipment To Enable Employees To Work Safely From Home?

    This depends on the role they are performing. A business can choose to provide equipment to employees to assist them in working safely from home but generally, if an employee’s role allows them to work from home, then they should be able to safely do so.

  • What Are The Work Health And Safety Considerations For Working From Home?

    The WHS considerations for employees working from home include:

    • Whether they can work from home safely
    • Whether the employee understands their WHS obligations
    • Whether the employee can perform their role from home

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