Working From Home – The New Normal?
Working from home has become the new normal for a lot of us this year. With this, people are experiencing more aches and pains so, how can DSE Assessments help?
Whilst we have all got used to working from home, at Vergo, we have seen that people have been working in all sorts of places. This has involved working from the kitchen table, on the sofa or even being sat on the floor. It’s fair to say, it’s taken a bit of time to get used to not going into the office.
Some people enjoy working from home as they have more time to do the things they love. Others however, miss the social interaction with colleagues, it is of course all down to personal preference. What is clear is that working from home has opened up the debate for a more flexible work life balance.
When based in the office, you wouldn’t think about where and how you sit at your desk. It also wouldn’t cross your mind if your screen, keyboard or mouse is in the right position. Unfortunately, it is only when working becomes uncomfortable or a work station changes that problems are recognised.
Sat in unconventional positions for lengthy periods can cause serious musculoskeletal problems. Of course, working from the couch for a month is tolerable but, six months down the line and it becomes an issue that needs addressing.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Assessments can help eliminate your workstation problems. These assessments look at things like how you sit, how far away the screen is from you, lighting, temperature and noise in order to build your workstation picture.
Making small changes to your set-up and altering something which may seem as insignificant as opting for a new mouse and keyboard can make all of the difference when working with DSE as this could easily resolve your aching shoulders and wrists.
An uncomfortable workstation set up in the office wouldn’t be acceptable. So, why you should suffer when working from home? To achieve a comfortable workstation, you may simply have to make small changes to your environment. This could involve raising or lowering your screen so it is at the correct eye level. Or, it could be that you need to consider a new chair or desk. Either way, DSE assessments will help narrow down what needs to be done to achieve comfortable working.
Taking only 45 minutes, an assessment can solve your aches so before you know it, they’re a thing of the past. They also help in many other ways as you can increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and remain in line with Health and Safety Regulations.
As companies consider the future of working, it’s important to remember that comfortable working is important. Whether you are in the office or at home, a DSE Assessment is really valuable when it comes to comfort.