What is your work from home (WFH) policy?
We have always allowed remote work. Up until the Virus it was something you could do as an exception unless of course you live away from the home office. We have recently revamped our policy and tools to allow the entire company to work from home or another remote location. The new policy include a $100 stipend per month for office supplies.
We are mandating that key management employees rotate working from home and in the office. Many others have been sent to other company locations so that a team isn't impacted at the same time.
Our remote policy requires that people have a set location to work from and that there not be any children under 12 that they are primarily responsible for. At this time, we are allowing the manager more flexibility to waive this.
We provide the computer, but the employee is expected to have the WiFi already. Though in certain circumstances, we will subsidize it. For example, our accounting software requires a high speed.
We don't have an office supply allowance, but we will buy office supplies with the manager's approval.
I bet those companies that haven't put a WFM poilicy in place by now are having a few regrets for their short-sightneness. Regardless, this time in our history is a powerful driver to get on board and assure that all employees can do so for those positions that make sense. WFH capability needs to be a tool in every company toolset.
In IT, we encourage flex schedule and WFH. Our systems and processes are all WFH-friendly. We have made WFH easy for all departments but not all departments took advantage of it until coronavirus challenges began. We do ask staff to sign a telecommuting agreement that includes language about time management, communications, technology etc. IT team does not have any specific policy but our procedures are more centered around security - as in how critical servers can be accessed when one is not in a controlled/standard office environment.
We have operational teams that cannot work from home. IT has had a WFH policy that allows four days from home so we are in good shape with equipment and collaboration tools. We immediately allowed any high risk folks to WFH full time. Other groups have been struggling as many didn't have laptops. We have rolled out every laptop we have and managed to get our hands on more that we will roll out this week. IT has increased communication by sending out links and attachments to documents that show a novice laptop user how to use VPN, etc. Last week WFH was voluntary. This week it may be mandatory.