For the majority of companies, when they entered a lockdown, they had never considered or thought they would require either a ‘Home Working’ policy or set of guidelines for their workforce.
Roll on 4 months and many companies have now made the decision to keep their employees working from home indefinitely, or in some circumstances, permanently. One of the reasons for this is that they have realised their workforce can function perfectly well remotely which negates the need for maintaining and renting expensive offices and workspaces. At most, they need to consider having access to meeting rooms.
Many employers are now playing catch up with their duty of care for their staff and putting policies in place for their homeworkers. For instance, did you know it is the employer’s responsibility to protect employees from the health risks of working with equipment, such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones? Employees should have a workstation assessment of their new working environment whether at home or at work.
Employers have their work cut out for them over the coming months as the cracks appear with staff reporting shoulder, back and neck pains from working at home in unsuitable workspaces. It is time to get clear home working strategies in place to prevent staff absenteeism and the resulting loss of productivity.
How we can help?
Whether you want to liaise with us via e-mail, visit our showroom or have us provide you with an on-site audit, Healthy Home & Office can provide a workstation assessment for all situations. We will help identify any current or possible future issues and advise of the best course of action.
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