More and more companies are rolling out mandatory home working during this Covid-19 pandemic. For some this will be the first-time employees have worked from home. Regardless of whether your staff are new to WFH or have been doing it for a while, here’s what you need to do to protect employees whilst they are working from home.
Protecting Home Workers
As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for home workers as for any other workers. Just as you would carry out workstation assessments in the office, you need to make sure you are doing the same for homeworkers.
Once employees have carried out an assessment, you need to review the assessments and decide what actions need to be taken to ensure your employees are working as safely and as comfortably as they would be in the office.
Creating Comfortable Workstations for Homeworkers
Poor ergonomics and injured employees can cost small businesses dearly.
Poor ergonomics can lead to an increase in:
- Potential accidents
- Musculoskeletal injury – complaints of the back, shoulders, wrists, necks etc. increase sickness and time off work
- Work-related stress
- Employee compensation claims
- Staff turnover
Poor ergonomics can lead to a decrease in:
- Health and well-being of employees
- Performance and productivity
Together with one of our suppliers, Bakker Elkhuizen, we have compiled two guides for creating the ideal home-office.
1. How to create the ideal mobile workstation?
2. How to create the ideal home-office?
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The guides will give ideas of some of the products available to improve ergonomics and comfort for your homeworkers.
There are other products on the market and we would be happy to discuss your requirements and budget.