There are lots of reasons why going remote is a great decision. Some of the major benefits include access to top talent, boosting team productivity, reducing turnover, as well as increasing business savings and improving overall employee wellness. As working from home has become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's left many of us thinking: why didn't we think of this before?!
On the negative side, nearly two thirds of staff have had musculoskeletal pain due to home or remote working and their poor "office" setup.
“For those people who are working at home on a long-term basis, the risks associated with display screen equipment must be controlled. This includes them doing workstation assessments at home”. Health & Safety Executive
Legally speaking, employers need to ensure a safe working environment for both temporary and permanent remote workers by carrying out the following:
Ensuring your team has the right set-up is in everyone's interest. Put simply, a healthy worker is a happy worker. If your employees are comfortable working they will be less distracted, and get more work done.
Anyone working at a computer screen for more than an hour a day will need a desk assessment. Traditionally, desk assessments were provided by HR departments, but since teams have moved out of offices, you may have been asked by your employer to complete a tick box exercise about your remote office setup. At Vitrue Health, we think we can do a little bit better at this assessment by making it a personalised and useful experience for workers in this new remote setting.
Many companies are giving allowances to their employees in order to improve their home setup. First and foremost, it's always a good idea to conduct a desk assessment to find out what you could do to specifically improve your setup, as this differs per person. More generally however, there are some common and actionable changes that you can easily implement to make sure you are comfortable whilst working from home or remotely. Here are some ideas...
Companies need to regularly check in with employees and investigate any reports of any of:
One area that's harder to navigate for managers and companies is employee mental health and wellbeing. This can be managed by regular one to one check-ins with your team.
Having an open door policy, where employees feel comfortable to discuss these sensitive issues is essential for managers to help put in measures to help their team cope and manage.
We care about remote workers' physical and mental health. That's why we have teamed up with VIDA. VIDA provides an interactive online assessment using AI and computer vision in order to give remote employees unique recommendations on how they can effectively improve their work stations, wherever they are. This quick, personalised and futuristic desk assessment perfectly suits modern working needs.
We believe everyone should have a personalised and actionable desk assessment to help them manage their new work setup, wherever that may be.
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