Among the coronavirus’s many effects is a steep rise in office workers having to work remotely and having them acclimatise to a work-from-home lifestyle quickly. While a lot has been said about the technological aspect of this type of working, little has been discussed about the health implications of working from the kitchen table or the sofa (of which we are seeing an increase in this type of working and the resulting health issues)!

As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones and this applies to your staff working from home.

Incorrect use of DSE or poorly designed workstations or work environments can lead to pain in necks, shoulders, backs, arms, wrists and hands as well as fatigue and eye strain. The causes may not always be obvious. This is just as applicable to the home working environment as it is in the office.

If you are the employee working from home, getting to stay in your PJ’s is one of the perks, but don’t be tempted to work from your sofa. You need to set up a dedicated work space whether that be the dining table or a home office desk.

Now we can help you make your workstation healthier and more productive with the following products and services.

Accessories packs – We have put together two bundles to help you set up your laptop/PC correctly to help you avoid neck, shoulder back or wrist aches and pains. Each pack includes an upright mouse, laptop stand and mini keyboard. Remember this is only assists with one area of your workstation. Things like the chair you are sitting in or the height of the table/desk you are working from will all have an impact.

Email workstation Assessments – We will ask for a number of photos of the individuals working along with dimensions of the working area and the size and height of desk being used. We will spend some time on the phone discussing the sort of work, the equipment being used and the amount of time spent working following which we will generally highlight any potential problem areas after which will be followed up with any recommendations via e-mail.

Showroom Assessments – We ask that you bring photos of your workstation along with the height of desk you will be working at and we will re-create your set up in our showroom. We will initially focus on any obvious risk areas with regards to layout and positioning of equipment after which we will advise how to change things for the better. Any recommendations will be confirmed via e-mail.

Whether you want to liaise with us via e-mail, visit our showroom or purchase one of our homeworking packs you can be assured that we will advise you on the best course of action.

It is also worth bearing in mind that during the Coronavirus Crisis, we are unsure of what impact it will have on the supply of commercial and home office furniture, therefore it is worth planning ahead. We have access to a wide range of products that can be delivered within short lead times.