Desks have been adjusted to be just the right height. Chairs have been fitted for each employee. Ergonomic mice, keyboards and keyboard trays are practically everywhere you look in your office. By doing this, you’re helping to ensure your employees have a safe work environment, which includes decreasing the chances of musculoskeletal issues, such as back pain or carpal tunnel.
But wait. What about your remote workers?
Out of sight shouldn’t mean out of mind, especially when it comes to proper ergonomics. As you know, sitting for long periods of time can lead to some serious health conditions down the road. And for you, this could mean higher healthcare costs, lower productivity and the increased potential for your employees to sustain a medical condition.
Helping employees — no matter where they’re located
Employees who work remotely should also be considered for ergonomic solutions. However, while some employees may be weary of having someone come to their home to help adjust their workstation, it’s an important part of the process. To help, you can coordinate off-site assistance in the following ways:
- A quick visit from one of our Workplace Possibilities℠ vocational consultants can help make sure the right accommodations are implemented.
- A third-party vendor can be dispatched wherever your employees are located. We work with a company called Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions, whose ergonomic professionals can provide personalized assistance no matter where an employee is based.
- The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has an online tool that can help employees create a safe and personalized workstation, all while reinforcing proper mechanics.
Three important components of telework arrangements
No matter who is working with your employees to help them optimize their home workstations, there are three main considerations for every telework arrangement:
- A proper-fitting chair. For employees who sit for the majority of their workday, a proper chair can help improve posture and reduce back strain.
- Computer screen height. Maintaining proper distance from the computer and adjusting the height of the monitor can help reduce the likelihood of injury, such as shoulder pain and eye strain.
- An ergonomic keyboard and mouse. Ergonomic keyboards vary in height, shape and splay to help a person achieve a neutral posture position and reduce tension on muscles.
Consultants can help make sure your employees have an ergonomically friendly telework setup to help them achieve optimal productivity and encourage healthy behaviors. While some employees may be wary of letting a third party enter their home for this type of consultation, at a minimum, consider how you can connect your employees with consultants over the phone to coach them through ergonomic workstation adjustments.