As of May 12, 2020, employees who are not considered part of an essential service should continue to work at home, if they are able to do so. The following are resources to support remote work arrangements.
The information contained in this document is an accompaniment to the other important information which will help supervisors and employees establish supportive practices when working remotely. When considering temporary work from home/remote arrangements:
The number of temporarily employees working from home is increasing in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. This sudden shift can present questions regarding proper workstation set-up. The following suggestions will allow employees to continue to work productively and consider proper ergonomic set-up while at home.
Define your workspace. Find a space or room in your home where there are limited distractions, and if possible, separate from other living areas and away from the television.
Sit in a chair with a back. Avoid sitting on the couch as this will ultimately lead to neck and back strain.
If you use a laptop, use a laptop riser and separate keyboard and mouse to ensure appropriate posture. You may even wish to consider setting your laptop on books or boxes as it should be at eye level.
Try taking a break from your workstation at least once an hour to refresh your mind and body (ex. take a phone call while standing, get a cup of water, etc.). Don’t forget to take micro breaks, these may last a few minutes or even seconds, by changing your position and using different muscles (ex. close your eyes for 30 seconds, flex and extend your hands, etc.).
If you require a piece of equipment to do your job safely, please have a conversation with your supervisor.
For additional information regarding the set up of your home workstation, refer to the Home Workstation: Self-Assessment Safety Checklist. Please keep in mind that during these extraordinary circumstances, at this time it may not be practical to action everything in the checklist.
In these tough times, when the world is going through a major crisis, it’s hard for even the most optimistic among us to stay positive. Although we need to take the coronavirus pandemic, it’s counterproductive for us to stay focused on negativity. Obviously, you need to stay informed about how to keep yourself and others healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak, but focusing on positive things will help you get the energy you need to manage your immediate challenges and prepare for the future.
We want you to know, we are thinking of you – whether you are working from home or onsite, or you are not able to work right now. Our team is working hard to develop new resources and initiatives, which can be accessed online from wherever you are located. A Resilience Toolkithas been developed, along with several new online workshops and sessions. Watch our HR Events page for upcoming online wellness sessions and additional initiatives we’re working on.