Should I Let a Struggling Employee Work From Home?

Should I Let A Struggling Employee Work From Home? - Gettyimages 1214307416 513235 columnist Alison Green answers questions about workplace and management issues–everything from how to deal with a micromanaging boss to how to talk to someone on your team about body odor.

Here’s a roundup of answers to four questions from readers.

1. Should I let a struggling employee work from home?

One of my employees is wonderful but struggles in her role. She also has substantial personal life responsibilities, with an ailing parent who needs substantial care. She’s recently asked me if she can start working from home one day a week to allow her to take care of her father. The problem is that our team is already stretched thin, and on days when people work from home, we tend to get about 75 percent productivity.

How do I make space for this employee to take care of her life, while also setting reasonable guidelines?

The most straightforward way to do it is to agree with your employee on what she’ll accomplish (and if necessary, to what standard) each month (or week…

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