COVID19 will make a lasting impact on the way we conduct our work. To maintain safe practices and as a precaution to keep business viable, many large corporations are continuing with working from home arrangements. Between April and May, nearly half of all Australians reported that they were working from home.
There are many benefits from working for home for both organisations and employees such as financial benefits such as reduced overhead costs and savings on fuel/transport/lunch and improved productivity with workers reporting that they were less distracted by co-workers and were more productive at home.
A recent study found that most Australian workers now want to work at home two out of the five weekdays.
In the past few months, there has been an increase in reports of employees reporting work-related injuries due to an incorrect set-up at home. Our consultants have been busy conducting Home Ergonomic Assessments to resolve injuries and prevent new injuries from occurring.
Your assessment will consist of a review of your current workstation and the consultant will modify your equipment (e.g. screen, keyboard, footrest etc.) placement to ensure that it is set up suitably for you. They will also provide advice and recommendations for ergonomic equipment where indicated. A report will be sent to you or the referrer outlining the summary of the assessment and recommendations.
Some common indicators that you or your employees may need an ergonomic assessment include:
- Tightness or pain in the neck/shoulder
- Recurring headaches
- Stiff or sore back
- Pain in the wrists and forearms
Please contact us at 8357 9032 to find out more information about how an ergonomic assessment can be beneficial for you and/or your organisation.