If your business depends on remote workers, on either a temporary or ongoing basis, ensuring they have a properly equipped and ergonomically sound workspace is an important way to help keep your employees safe, healthy and productive. On the other hand, a poorly equipped and designed workspace can lead to accidents and injuries.
With millions of businesses worldwide instituting work from home policies, many people are updating their existing work spaces or creating home offices from scratch. These tips can help you and your employees set up a safe, healthy, and welcoming work environment at home.
The first step to establishing an ergonomic home office is setting up the right furniture and equipment in the right way. Start by following these guidelines:
To help set up an ergonomic workstation, follow Chubb’s “Ergonomics Checklist for Your Home Office.”
Healthy work practices are also key to maintaining your wellbeing while working from home. Follow the tips below to help prevent health problems, such as strain and repetitive motion injuries.
A well-designed ergonomic home office, combined with good working habits, can help you prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. But keep in mind that office workers and visitors can also sustain injuries from accidents and their environment.
From time to time (once a quarter or annually), consider reminding employees to assess their home office set up to determine whether they need to make improvements.
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