Working from home
Working from home as an option: Employers have been navigating uncharted waters since the national lockdown was implemented end of March 2020. The lockdown was implemented to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in order to allow time to prepare South Africa’s health system’s capacity so as to be able to accommodate COVID-19 cases.
The pandemic has already had serious implications for many South Africans, as well as a negative economic impact on the country in general. Employers are concerned about staying operational during this declared disaster, especially with regards to loss of income and the employer’s responsibility towards employees.
Employers must make plans to manage businesses profitably and sustainably and many employers implemented the method (where practicable and workable) for employees to work from home. This limits the number of employees in the workplace and allows for certain business activities to continue, subject to set regulations and industry specific restrictions.
Infrastructure and working from home
Productivity and working from home
Discipline and working from home
The most common misconduct linked to employees working from home include absenteeism, misuse of the employer’s property and moonlighting – when the employee takes up a second job without the primary employer’s permission.
- Ensure that the employer’s disciplinary code is relevant and up to date with regards to offences and applicable sanctions and that all employees are aware of what the code entails.
- Ensure that every employee has a detailed job description listing the employee’s duties, as well as the employer’s expectations.
- Implement a policy with regards to the personal use of equipment. Employers must be reasonable and fair and apply discipline consistently.
- Regular communication creates a platform for employees to give feedback with regards to challenges, need and suggestions.
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