I have been conducting many homeworker assessments (via zoom) over the last few weeks, as well on line workshops, and the consensus seems to be a September return to the office, at the earliest. There is a very real concern of the safety of offices at the moment, although some are desperate to leave their homes and get back to a semblance of normality. This is especially true where employees have limited space or lack of privacy.
The IES survey conducted research in to how homeworking was impacting employees and found that, on average, 50% reported an increase in aches and pains. This has been clearly reflected in my assessments.
I have been seeing a lot of shoulder, neck, lower back issues, as well as migraines. This is due to many unsuitable set ups and sometimes very innovative styles of workstations. Yet this are seldom reported to the employer, it is only discovered on my call. I have seen ironing board and garden chairs being used, coffee tables and bar stools, to name but a few. The image used here actually reflects this point as this set up is less than ideal!
The good news is, however, that our bodies are very bioplastic and there are often some very simple but highly effective solutions that can make a huge difference to people's comfort levels, often without the need for any expensive extra equipment. I am delighted to report that my suggested changes often provide an instant relief from tension.
Where the issue is highly complex, I also help to identify where further signposting on is required.
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