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7 Tips to support remote work employees during COVID-19

This week more employers have implemented new work from home policies due to the rapid progression of COVID-19. Since remote work is quickly becoming the new norm, we recently shared a “Remote Working Guide for Employers” on our COVID-19 resource center.

In case you’re short on time, check out the top 7 tips to support remote work employees:

  1. Consider the individual needs of your people. Ensure your company’s policy applies to everyone, including those who are working in a quarantined area, feeling ill, immunocompromised, etc.
  2. Give employees the tools they need to succeed. Consider offering support or funding to cover systems and tools that employees may not have in place like a laptop, VPN, or ergonomic desk and chair.
  3. Ensure your pay policy is compliant. Look into labor and legal requirements to be sure your organization is meeting requirements.
  4. Look at what other employers are doing. A recent survey found that when asymptomatic employees can’t work from home because of the nature of their job most employers plan to continue paying them during the quarantine period.
  5. Over-communicate to employees. Consider daily updates to help employees separate the fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19.
  6. Consider the learning curve. Offer ways to help employees adjust to remote work by encouraging them to stick to normal hours and providing true autonomy. 
  7. Remember your company’s culture. To avoid feelings of isolation, check in with employees regularly about their remote work experience and encourage feedback.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop we believe it’s critical for our HR community to come together and share resources to support each other. Check out our COVID-19 resource center, where we’ve shared resource links, a sample policy, and an employer’s guide to COVID-19.

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