At the start of the year, 56% of US workers were still working remotely at least occasionally.
3 Ways to Reduce Health and Security Risks For Homeworkers
As a result of more time spent at home, these home and hybrid workers have become more vulnerable to accidents occurring on their property, as well as threats to their security online.
In addition to protecting workers’ safety in the office, businesses need to address these issues by ensuring their employees are safe from physical injury and cyber-attack while they undertake work-related activities in their own homes.
Dealing With Work-Related Injuries In The Home
Providing home workers with clear guidelines on official working hours, taking regular breaks, and other general safety procedures will help them to feel more secure while teleworking.
If an employee does sustain an injury at home, workers’ compensation will pay a claim only if the injury is directly related to work rather than the home environment. A personal injury law website will provide all the information you need regarding your legal rights around injury claims.
Sustaining an injury can be stressful in any situation, but for employees working alone at home, it is important for them to know that they will be properly supported.
Helping Employees Create A Safe Working Environment
Since more people have been required to work from home, over 90% of chiropractors have seen an increase in neck and back injuries, often resulting from improperly established home working setups.
By asking employees to fill out a safety survey, or organizing a practical inspection where possible, businesses can ensure that furniture, office equipment, and other features such as lighting are all appropriate for working from home.
Checking that workers have adequate homeowner’s insurance will also ensure that their homes are covered if any damage to their property occurs during working hours.
Ensuring Data Security On Remote Devices
As well as ensuring that workers are physically safe at home, protecting them from online attacks is also vital for any business. All employees should have adequate antivirus software installed on their computers provided by the company.
In addition, using secure servers, multi-factor authentication, and encrypted VPN connections to access office systems will ensure that sensitive data is kept secure.
With the number of people working from home remaining high, it’s important to ensure that their home environments are safe.
This not only protects them from work-related accidents and injuries but also safeguards any sensitive data and information they are sharing on office systems.