Tuesday, March 2, 2021

C-K to explore options for a new ‘work-from-home’ policy

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is set to explore options for a new work-from-home policy or program.

The idea will move forward, after South Kent Councillor Trevor Thompson entered a successful motion at Council’s electronic meeting on Monday night, October 5, 2020.

“The Municipality of Chatham-Kent actively looks to attract new residents by way of remote workers having improved work-from-home options available in both urban and rural settings,” Thompson said in his motion, adding that Chatham-Kent continues to be an employer of choice for top talent.

Thompson said the Municipality can “set the example” for business by
creating the policy/program for staff members.

“The Municipality looks to reduce costs through the use of rightsizing our infrastructure based on trends seen across organizations who are reducing their physical footprint while maintaining or increasing staffing levels,” Thompson added in his motion.

Thompson’s motion directed staff to undertake a review of positions that are currently working from home, positions that could be working from home and potential work from home opportunities in the future.

“I think there is a lot of roles that could potentially move in that direction,” Thompson said during the meeting.

The motion directed staff to bring back a report with recommendations to both sustain an appropriate level of working remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic and to implement a long term policy/program for working remotely post the pandemic.

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