There are many benefits to working remotely or availing of Smart Working from increased productivity, higher staff retention rates, reduction in absenteeism, increased access to the labour market as you can select new hires based on their skill set and not on their geographical location. There are the wider social benefits such as reduced carbon footprint as commuting is either reduced or removed and there is an increase in regional regeneration as more people are opting to work in co-working spaces around the country. |
Smart Working, or what is more commonly known as remote working, is gaining momentum and will continue to do so in the future and like all new changes it comes with its risks and challenges. In response to this the SFA have produced a checklist that encompasses current employment law, data protection and health and safety requirements to help you balance your legal obligations with the introduction of Smart Working for your business.
The scope of the checklist will not factor in whether it is cost effective or sustainable for your business as each business is unique. Businesses will need to make that assessment themselves based on suitability and cost benefits. Many businesses pilot test Smart Working for a section of their business. .
Whilst technology and security of data is a major concern for many small businesses, there are technological and infrastructural solutions that can support your business in the implementation of Smart Working and we address these concerns elsewhere on this site.
Once you are satisfied that Smart Working is viable for your business our checklist will help you balance your employment law obligations with future proofing your business in a rapidly changing working environment.