Working From Home - Office Requirements?

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by Marie32 Marie32 Member

Hi All,

I’ve been an inpatient case manager at a hospital for a few years now and am thinking of applying for insurance companies. I would love to work from home eventually, but am concerned about the home office requirements. I know you need a door that locks... my only options would really be the basement, and set up an office down there, or my bedroom, and dedicate a corner to office space. I would prefer the basement option, but am not sure that would be satisfactory because other people could go down there. What have been your experiences with the requirements needed to work from home? Are there other requirements besides a door that locks?

Thanks!

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience. 6,895 Posts

I had to send picture of a door that locks. I sent a picture of my front door. My office was in the living room. The MAIN issue is, who can see your computer screen and who can hear your phone conversation? That all depends on who you live with. My adult son was still home. He understood confidentiality, was a great IT resource.

The other requirements are per your contract. You cannot provide child care while working, your PC must have a fire wall, etc.

Good luck, working from home is priceless.

txredapple79

txredapple79, BSN

Specializes in Management. Has 9 years experience. 66 Posts

Most places have a work at home policy. We have the following; HIPAA compliant office will include locking door, space where no one can see your screen or listen to your calls, land line phone no VOIP, high speed internet of 20mbps download speed( no satellite internet), and lastly no child,elder or pet care.

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience. 6,895 Posts

14 hours ago, txredapple79 said:

Most places have a work at home policy. We have the following; HIPAA compliant office will include locking door, space where no one can see your screen or listen to your calls, land line phone no VOIP, high speed internet of 20mbps download speed( no satellite internet), and lastly no child,elder or pet care.

If your company won't let you have a dog, that is a problem. That's one of the perks of the job! She was able to be at home with her master. Yes.. I let my dog in and out . My company even gave me PTO when she was dying.

mtmkjr, BSN

381 Posts

16 hours ago, txredapple79 said:

and lastly no child,elder or pet care.

It can't be saying you can't have your own children? Or your own pets? I'm guessing instead it is disallowing the paid care of elders, children or pets.

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On 2/25/2019 at 6:31 PM, mtmkjr said:

It can't be saying you can't have your own children? Or your own pets? I'm guessing instead it is disallowing the paid care of elders, children or pets.

Of course you can have children. Per the contract.. you cannot work for the company... while you take care of your kids.

txredapple79

txredapple79, BSN

Specializes in Management. Has 9 years experience. 66 Posts

It means when on the phone conducting business as a professional we shouldn't be able to hear your dog barking, a child crying or others in your HIPAA compliant office. Essentially being a professional on the phone. Think of it as if you were working any position in a brick and mortar building.