Are you covered by an insurance when working remote?
Remote working is a situation in which an employee works from a location other than their physical office or workplace. This can be from home, in the summerhouse, a café or something else. Remote work provides several benefits, such as the possibility to focus deeply on specific tasks that require uninterrupted concentration. However, working remotely also includes risks that employers and employees alike need to be aware of. In If P&C we are by your side, also when you are working remotely.
Good working practices
In comparison to an office or workplace, employers have less influence on the employees’ working conditions when they are working remotely. For example, monitoring of working conditions, including time, ergonomics and workload can be challenging.
Remote work therefore requires good working practices and a certain level of trust between an employer and their employee. Employees need to understand the risks of working from home. These can include for example issues relating to network connection, IT and security, as well as handling and printing of confidential documents.
Personnel risks can include ergonomics since the home offices may not be as well-equipped as the workspaces at the actual offices. In fact, If’s recent survey in Denmark revealed that over 30 percent of remote working employees have recently experienced soreness due to poor physical ergonomics.
Remote work is here to stay
Over the past decade, remote work has become increasingly popular, and today it is an integral part of our ways of working. One reason is that as the pace of work increases, we still need to manage our private lives. Here, remote work practices offer a solution for many of us.
In the wake of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, remote work has played a critical role in slowing the spread of the virus. Working online, employees have managed to stay safe and avoid getting infected, while allowing businesses to continue to run their operations online during the lockdown.
Help and practical tools
To further support this aim, a remote work training course has been created to share insights and raise awareness on the risks of working from home.
We also offer a practical checklist for remote workers and their employers, please visit the Risk Management Library in If Login to access these contents or contact us.
Not an If client? Check out the sample course for a sneak peek at the Remote Work training.