Protect your home workers’ health & safety with ergonomic advice

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With the Government introducing further measures to ensure that people stay at home*, it has never been more important for your business to develop a work-from-home strategy.

Many employees are now working at home for the first time which introduces a number of new factors to consider – reliance on technology and the ability to connect being the most obvious.

One factor that should not be overlooked is workplace ergonomics – the efficiency and comfort of your employees chosen working environment.

Workplace ergonomics

Everything from how they’re seated, to what area of the home is the designated workspace can have a significant effect on not only personal comfort, but also productivity and physical health.

The following tips can help keep your staff comfortable and productive whilst working at home:

Encourage short, regular breaks every hour to stretch and avoid cramps and eyestrain. Recommend that employees set an alarm to remind them to take enough breaks.

Ensure that all equipment can be adjusted, and that your employees have enough space to allow for changes in posture when needed. They shouldn’t be confined to a fixed position.

If possible, provide a sturdy, adjustable chair that supports the back with the feet placed flat on the floor to maintain good posture.

Recommend employees position their screens slightly below eye line. And the rest of the workspace is setup so that it is a reasonable height and distance from the body, to avoid having to lean over whilst working and cause unnecessary strain on the back.

If your employees are lucky enough to have more than one screen, recommend they move their eyes instead of their head and neck when moving attention from screen to screen.

Share guidance on how to adjust screen brightness and resolution settings, and how to make dual screens match up where possible.

When not in use, recommend that equipment be stored somewhere safe, so that it’s protected from damage and theft and so your employees maintain a work life balance.

For further guidance on working from home during these challenging times, download our working from home employee guide.

 

Sources:

*https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

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