Are you working comfortably? Working from home

11 May 2020
lady on floor on laptop

As the global pandemic has meant many of us are now working from home, it got me thinking. Are you working comfortably? Within workplaces we have our work stations set up: the right chairs, screen breaks, and work stations designed for safety.

From home, that’s not quite the case though is it? People may be working on the sofa with their laptop. You may be relegated to working from your bedroom, so children can home school on the table. The world has moved virtual. It is a growing trend to zoom call rather than using the telephone. More and more of us are glued to our screens, from a work perspective, but also to connect socially.

Did you know HSE have released specific Covid 19 updates regarding working from home?

https://www.hse.gov.uk/toolbox/workers/home.htm

Employers Responsibilities

Even though your staff may be working remotely (at home) you are still responsible for their health and safety. It is important you have a plan in place to stay in touch, and decide if you need to adapt anything to make it safer.

For temporary, at home workers, employers wont need to complete a work station assessment. However, it would be prudent to give them the tools to help themselves. This could be by providing training, checklists or giving them advice. If you were to invest in training now, don’t forget this would still be useful when they return back to the office!

Would it be possible for staff to borrow certain equipment from work to take home? Don’t forget if working on a screen it’s important to have a small regular break. This could be by changing tasks to one without a screen, or to simply change position and have a quick comfort break. It’s preferable to have a short 5 min break each hour rather than having a longer one every few hours.

Stress

We already know stress is a major factor for work place sickness and absenteeism. With Covid 19 impeding on our ability to see family, friends and our wider social circle, more of us are experiencing stress and poor mental health.

If we add in concerns about health, home schooling, finances, and uncertainty about the future we can see how many people will struggle to keep all the balls in the air.

Does your workplace have a plan how to stay connected with employees and check how they are? If staff have been furloughed are you staying in touch and keeping them informed with any situation changes?

Moving Forward

To help you to look after staff and meet your employers requirement we have devised a covid 19 essentials package. This online training bundle is made up of:

Each of these courses can be studied online via video learning, with multiple choice questions at the end of each module. All of these courses are accredited by industry experts and wont just be relevant for during home working. These courses will also be very useful when you are back to the office!

In buying the courses as a bundle, you will save yourself money. Infact in our bundle you are getting 30% off! The courses can be started immediately. You can even divide the courses amongst the team, if you wish! There are no limits on the amount of bundles you can buy so you may as well take advantage of the offer!

Simply click here to purchase the courses now, or click links above for more details on each specific course.

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