Telecommuting requires 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 work spaces 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 gaining ground
Over the past decade, remote work has become increasingly popular, however today it is an integral part of our ways of working. As an example, 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.