Bank of America has sent out a new, tighter set of guidelines for its popular work-at-home program, known as "My Work," after reviewing how it's gone.
Last week, the Observer reported that the bank was finalizing changes meant to restrict the breadth of the program and letting employees know if they would be affected. The new slate of recommendations and restrictions isn't necessarily surprising.
Some company-wide restrictions include limiting work-at-home to employees in good standing in performance evaluations and current on training, according to a document obtained by the Observer. Bank of America will also indeed ask workers who spend a good deal of time working from home but maintain an office to enroll in "My Work" and give up the space.
Working from Starbucks or the like might not be OK. "Employees are to work from a quiet, safe, and ergonomic location -- free from distraction," according to the document, listing a home office, "My Work" center or bank flexible space as acceptable workplaces.
Managers will still have latitude to determine which job roles are suitable for "My Work" and which are not.
Other suggestions and requirements:
- New employees should work from an office "whenever possible."
- Employees will have to attend local company events and meetings in person.
- People in "My Work" will regularly talk with their managers about their in-person expectations.
The changes could affect several thousand employees in Charlotte.