Larimer County employees required to work from home in some capacity will be provided a stipend to buy equipment and supplies.
The Larimer County Board of Commissioners approved funding for the mandatory remote worker stipend program during a meeting Tuesday. The program will provide funds for employees who do not have a physical workspace provided by the county for all or part of their assigned hours.
The county has an estimated 115 mandatory remote workers, meaning they do not have a designated place to work, Larimer County Human Resources Director Bridget Paris told the commissioners Tuesday.
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The commissioners unanimously approved $138,000 from the general fund to provide stipends for the 115 employees Paris said they believe qualify for the program.
Employees will have to apply for the program. Once an employee is approved for the stipend, they will receive $1,200 for equipment and supplies. They’ll also get $500 each following year after their initial approval.
The stipend can be used for any equipment or supplies employees need to successfully work from home, including chairs, extra monitors, keyboards and desks.
“Whatever it looks like for you personally, I want to make sure you’re good,” Paris said in a Jan. 27 work session on the subject.
Paris said human services is the first department to open up the stipend program to employees.
The department has reduced its physical office space and now functions as a shared office space, requiring employees to work from home at least some of the time, Paris said.
For more information about the county’s remote work program, visit www.larimer.org/hr/employee-relations/remote-work/.
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