Working from Home? Our Top Tips for Employers
Did You Know?
Did you know the number of people working at home has reached an all-time high of 4.2 million? According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), this is about 13.9% of the population with approximately 74% of these home workers classified as managers, professionals or skilled trades. Many of these home office workers form part of what’s known as the SOHO (small or home office) market, one that has seen year on year growth thanks in no small way to technology and the internet. If you and/or your team are working from home at this time here are our top tips:
Do products fit?
Products for the home office need to be compact, non-intrusive, complement existing decor and fulfil storage needs. SOHO workers can choose from desk and storage units that feature clean and contemporary lines and can fit a home office or study. Single bench desking is often ideal for the home office as its modular configuration allows total flexibility and greater access, thanks to recessed legs.
People looking to purchase mobile workstations, home working desks and printer storage furniture should be mindful of these products’ durability and any assembly requirements to ensure they’re making the best choice.
Employers’ Duty of Care
Employers have the same health and safety responsibilities for remote workers as they do for site-based ones. This duty of care for all workers, wherever they are, means employers should carry out health and safety risk assessments at the start to ensure workstations are wholly suitable and office equipment is fit for purpose. Trailing cables should be avoided to minimise the risk of accidents and electrical equipment should be tested, certified and maintained just as it would be in any workplace. Where applicable, employees should be trained to work and use any equipment correctly.
Spec According to Usage
If the employee is working on a computer for long periods of time or only occasionally? Appropriate products need to specify, for instance, a posture chair for the all-day user and a lighter SOHO chair for occasional use at home.
Flooring is often overlooked but is important. End users should be advised on floor protection such as chair mats, which protect carpeted, wooden or laminate flooring.
Keep it Tidy
Home offices can be kept neat with desks that offer built in cable management, or with the use of appropriate cable management accessories
What do I need to do as an employer?
Are you looking after your employee’s wellbeing? As an employer, you must protect your workers from the health risks of working with display screen equipment (DSE), such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. Things to remember:
· Make sure employees take regular breaks –do something different.
· Provide training and information
· Check they have appropriate furniture and products? i.e. 8 hour chair, sit stand desks, ergonomics, lighting, headsets, management of documentation -GDPR, printer, and their consumables, scanner, shredder and secure storage
Why not create bundle packs for necessities including notebooks, pens, post-it notes, desktop ranges, stapler, hole punch, letter trays, folders & files. Offer colours too! Provide an easy re-order process for your employees. Consider ways to prevent increase in expenses –fuel, online delivery charges. Offer more to your employees including coffee/tea, computer cleaning and toilet rolls.
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