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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Home Working

The Home Working policy is part of our work/life balance policies. This is where work is performed at or from home instead of at or from the Board’s premises for a significant proportion of the contractual working hours. 

“Working from home” and “working at home” have specific definitions in the policy and operate in different ways. These options are desirable because they can provide greater flexibility for our staff and increase the scope to meet the Board’s commitment to equal opportunities.

In addition, we can broaden the traditional recruitment market and gain access to alternative labour markets allowing us to attract and retain staff.

There are also environmental advantages by avoiding unnecessary car journeys.  

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  • Individuals working at home retain an NHSGGC base
  • Individuals working from home have their home as their office base
  • Suitability for home working will depend on the post
  • Home working must be approved by the line manager
  • Subject to regular review
  • Regular and effective communication between employee and line manager is paramount.
  • A home working risk assessment must be completed for everyone working from home
  • Same Employment Rights apply to home workers
  1. Withdrawal from Homeworking: ‘Homeworking’ is a long term commitment both for the Board and staff. However, homeworkers may seek to discontinue the arrangements and request to be based in work premises. The Board will agree where it deems this practicable. Our managers will take a compassionate approach to requests made due to exceptional personal circumstances.

 

Additional Guidance - September 2020

The Home Working Policy is part of the Board’s work/life balance policies. This policy is due to be reviewed as part of the Once for Scotland Workforce Policies (Phase 2), and therefore NHSGGC is unable to make any amendments to the extant policy at this time. In April 2020 and in response to Scottish Government Guidelines, a Working at Home Advice and Guidance for Managers and Staff was produced to assist staff and managers who required to temporarily work from home as a result of COVID-19.

This additional Guidance Document has been created to support the existing Board’s policy and Government Guidance to encourage the introduction and ongoing support of homeworkers wherever possible. Both the Guide and Policy is open and accessible to all employees.

Last Updated: 20 September 2020