Is your workplace giving you the option to work from the comfort of your home? If so, the only appropriate answer is hell yes! Who would say no to that job?
But while there are great benefits to working from home, there are some health and safety hazards that need to be kept in mind.
Your home isn’t designed around your job the way your office is. Hence, before settling down to work from home, you need to make a few adjustments to minimize risks and distractions.
This is especially important during the COVID-19 outbreak, when most of us are working from home.
You don’t know how long you’re going to be working remotely, so it’s better to prepare for the long haul. The following are some common hazards that everyone needs to watch out for when working from home:
Any equipment you use to complete your day job needs to be suited to home use. This includes your computer, printer, fax machine, and anything else you deem necessary. For example, you probably won’t be able to productively use your massive office workstation monitor if you don’t have the right desk for it.
Moreover, if you’ve never worked from home, you might not be aware of the energy consumption that certain types of equipment require. You have to be careful with electrical safety as a result. Avoid plugging in heavy equipment into a single socket, for instance, and consult your business’s IT department for guidance.
Doing Everything On Your Own
When you’re working from home, you’re all on your own. Susan from work won’t be there to pass you a stapler or pick up your pen. You’ll often be grabbing objects that are out of reach by overstretching your body.
Sitting in an improper posture is a common hazard of doing a desk job, but not being mindful of how you move adds to this problem. If you don’t like getting up while working, it’s better to ensure that everything you need is well within your reach before starting your workday.
Stress And Loneliness
When you’re working in an office, there are people around you who can share your frustrations and stress. You can rant to colleagues about how the day’s work is weighing you down, for instance. However, the privilege of ranting gets snatched from you the moment you start working from home.
Added to the stress of your job, working from home is also coupled with loneliness, especially during this pandemic, where you have no one to talk to for days on end.
To avoid feeling consistently stressed and lonely, you need to forge a safe circle of friends and colleagues who can check up on you every once in a while, and vice versa. This will tell your brain that there’s someone you can depend on—virtually—if things start to go south.
When working from the office or at home, you need to know how to navigate work emergencies. The experts at Metro Safety offer emergency first aid training courses throughout British Columbia. Their training sessions are in line with Red Cross first aid training. You can get in touch with them to learn more about their services.