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Teleworking can be done with standard technologies like a computer, phone and email in addition to remote access or other hardware and software. Wireless technologies like smartphones and tablet computers make being virtual even easier. The equipment for teleworking can be provided by the employer, the employee or a combination of the two.
Teleworking is a workplace strategy that is typically available for the right job, the right employee with management’s approval and the right technology. It is important to communicate the availability of the program so it is not perceived as being universally applicable to all employees.
Although many employees expect non-teleworkers to resent teleworkers, this is not necessarily true. Based on research conducted of non-teleworkers after a telework program has been in place for a few months, the conclusion was that teleworking became “business as usual.” Managers and teleworkers should also make sure that no extra work responsibilities are placed on non-teleworkers, because they may physically be in the office.
Overtime: For non-exempt employees, the rules for overtime are the same as they are in the office. Please refer to your HR handbook for guidance.