As the coronavirus pandemic continues to force many organisations and employees to conduct operations in a remote work environment, it is important that all parties involved understand the importance of proper ergonomics. Whether employers are in the process of reopening or have been able to remain operational throughout lockdown, acknowledging the new challenges that come with working remotely is a key step.
Employees who work remotely may not have access to the same level of professional equipment as they would in a traditional work environment. As such, the ergonomics of an employee’s home workstation may be subpar.
Ergonomics plays a key role in the health of employees. Poor conditions can lead to a number of health effects, including eye problems, muscle strains and fatigue.
Employers should provide guidance on a variety of ergonomics-related subjects for employees working remotely, such as:
- Workstation location—Discourage employees from attempting to work while sitting on their couches or in bed.
- Proper posture—Instruct employees to use chairs with adequate back support. Chairs should be pushed up close to an employee’s work surface so that they can rest their back against the backrest while also being able to comfortably reach their keyboard and mouse.
- Chair height—Chairs should be at a height that allows an employee’s arms to be positioned so that their forearms and wrists are straight and level with the floor while reaching for the work surface. Feet should be able to rest flat, whether it be on the floor or with assistance from a footrest.
- Breaks—Employees should be instructed to take frequent, regular breaks in order to avoid sitting in the same position for too long. Encourage employees to stand up, stretch and move around during breaks.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.