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Working from home policy template

Putting together a clear, thorough working from home policy is easier than you think. To get you started, try working from our template below.


The work from home policy to make sure that working from home meets the needs of our employees and company.

Policy scope

A remote working policy applies to all employees who choose to work from home.

Are employees allowed to work from home?

Employees are allowed to work from home only if their job role allows it. For example, employees who are in constant contact with clients may be asked to attend the office for meetings. Employees who carry out most of their work on a computer can work off-site at all times.

Policy elements

Employees work from home or telecommute when they complete their work at a place located outside of our company’s premises. They may work from home:

  • Full-time

  • On certain days

  • Everyday, dividing their schedule between being present at the office and working from a remote location.

Work from home arrangements can be occasional, temporary or permanent.

Reasons that could demand working from home include but are not limited to:

  • Medical reasons

  • Work-life balance

  • Overlong commute

Other reasons for working from home depend on employees and managers' judgement.

How to determine whether an employee can work from home

We advise both employees and managers to consider these elements before asking/approving an employee’s request to work from home:

  • Is the employee’s role eligible?

  • Have cybersecurity and data privacy concerns been considered?

  • How will the employee’s team collaborate?

  • Does the employee have the necessary equipment or software installed at home?

  • What are the conditions of the employee’s home or alternative place of work (noise, internet connection ergonomic work space etc.)?

Requesting Work from Home Procedure

When employees plan to work from home, this procedure must be followed:

Employees file a request through email to HR or use our dedicated HR Software at least [select days] in advance.

Managers must approve their request considering all elements we mentioned above.

Managers and team members should meet to discuss details and set specific goals, schedules and deadlines.

What else might need to be included in a work from home policy?

Of course, you may need to include more depending on your company. Do you offer benefits which can’t be attained from home? Will your employees be working from different time zones? These are extra things to consider when creating your own work from home policy.

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