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Working from Home: A Simple Guide for Employers

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many employees to work from home. While remote work provides benefits like flexibility and productivity, it also comes with unique challenges that employers must address to keep their employees safe, healthy, and engaged.

In this post, we'll explore the main issues faced by remote workers and provide practical advice to help employers effectively manage the risks.

The Challenges of Working from Home

Without proper precautions, employees face a multitude of risks when working from home including:

  • Improper workstation setup leading to musculoskeletal disorders

  • Feeling isolated and disconnected

  • Increased stress and declines in mental health

  • Lack of communication and micro-management

  • Hazards from lifting injuries to tripping over cables

  • Greater risk as a lone worker without supervision

  • Physical health impacts from prolonged sitting

By recognising these challenges, employers can take steps to protect their remote workforce.

Risk Management Tips for Employers

Here are some best practices employers should follow to support healthy, safe, and productive remote work:

  • Provide guidance on ergonomic workstation setup. Encourage proper seating, lighting, monitor placement and regular breaks. Consider offering employees a small stipend to purchase necessary equipment.

  • Facilitate daily check-ins and team calls to combat isolation. Host virtual social events to nurture workplace culture. Identify mental health resources and share coping tips.

  • Set clear expectations about hours, availability and communication methods. Avoid micromanaging. Empower employees with autonomy.

  • Establish protocols to ensure regular contact with lone workers. Schedule check-ins via chat, email or phone.

  • Share techniques to avoid prolonged sitting. Encourage movement, changing positions, standing or walking breaks.

  • Provide safety tips to reduce trip hazards, avoid lifting injuries and secure work materials.

  • Remind employees to report any pain, discomfort or other issues promptly so you can help resolve them.

By taking proper precautions, employers can keep remote workers healthy, connected and productive even when working from home. Protecting your greatest asset - your employees - must remain the priority. With some planning and empathy, we can thrive in this new remote work landscape.

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