As restrictions begin to tighten once again it’s important, as employers, to keep on top of all of the new regulations and legislations that will affect your business, and most importantly, your employees.
New Coronavirus regulations state that employers could face fines starting from £1,000 if they have an employee who tests positive (or lives with someone who tests positive) and allows them to continue working within the office. It is now the employer’s responsibility to ensure that their employee stops working from the office or site and self isolates or works from home where possible.
1. Does your employee have the correct work from home setup?
As an employer, you have the same health and safety responsibilities for those working from home as you would if they were working from the office.
Their productivity and efficiency are dependent on several elements, similar to that of your workspace in the office. The wrong kind of workspace setup could have serious consequences for their wellbeing in the long run. It could result in eye strain, cause headaches, backache, neck pain or even carpal tunnel syndrome due to the repetitive nature of work.
For a safe and comfortable working environment at home which maximises productivity, the HSE workstation and display equipment guidelines should be followed. Our selection of ergonomically designed products have been designed to suit any home working environment.
2. Carry out a risk assessment
We never envisaged working from home would become as permanent as what it is now; many employees will have a setup which involves their dining table or sofa which is less than ideal. Whilst it isn’t possible to conduct a home visit to carry out individual risk assessments, you can ask your employees to undertake a self-assessment by using this simple checklist from the HSE, and be sure to follow up on any actions that need to be taken.
3. Protect your employee’s wellbeing and mental health
Burnout can occur even when working from home. The reality is we’re probably working more hours and taking fewer breaks than we would if we were in the office. The lines are starting to blur which can leave us feeling exhausted and unable to focus on the simplest of tasks. As highlighted in our previous article it’s important that you encourage your team to switch off.
4. Smarter Home Workspaces
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