Identify a designated space at the alternate location as workspace. There is no need to devote an entire room in many cases, although it should be away from distractions. The telecommuter will need to consider the following criteria when identifying the alternate location’s workspace:
- An environment free of fire and other safety hazards.
- Ergonomically correct furniture and lighting that are appropriate for the work being performed. Information about occupational health can be found on the Office of the University Physician's website.
- Broadband connectivity if the work requires use of a computer.
- Adequate work space.
- Access to electrical outlets.
- Security for work related materials.
Consider the technology needed to perform the work (hardware, software, communication devices, etc.). With approval of the supervisor, the telecommuter may be provided with University-owned equipment to use at the alternate work location.
Liability / Cost
The employer is not liable for damages to the alternate work location that results from participation in a telecommuting arrangement. This is clearly stated in the Telecommuting Agreement. The employer is also not responsible for the cost of utilities or maintenance unless the employer specifically elects to provide this compensation.
To be an effective, successful telecommuter, it is necessary to work with less structure and more freedom in completing job activities. It requires careful planning and discipline.