How to work from home safely and efficiently?

Telecommuting requires good working practices

Remote working, or telecommuting, is a situation in which an employee works from a location other than their physical office or workplace. Typical ways of communication between colleagues during remote work include email, online calls or phone. Remote work provides several benefits, such as the possibility to focus deeply on specific tasks that require uninterrupted concentration.

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 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.

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. Many companies have found that remote work helps keep their employees safe.

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Occupational safety perspectives

There are various Occupational Health and Safety Acts, and in some countries national legislation, which apply to working remotely. The nature and intricacies of remote work must be managed to prepare for potential dangers and problems. It is good to aim for healthy, safe working conditions for remote workers, similar to anyone working in an office or workplace.

Employees can face many kinds of hazards while remote working. At If, we want to help you successfully overcome the challenges which remote work presents.

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  • Tips for successful remote working:

    • Make it clear to people in your remote environment, such as family members, that you need to be allowed to work in peace.
    • Be aware of ergonomics and working conditions to promote your health and safety during your remote work day. Working posture is important, as well as the possibility focus on the task in hand without distractions
    • Plan your work day with breaks in advance. It is important that also remote work days have a clear start and end time.
    • Be active in communicating with colleagues, supervisors and partners, take advantage of online chat, email and teleconferencing
    • Be sure to take breaks. Your body and mind need movement!
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