Even a virtual office space requires a real and effective workplace safety policy. Just because your employees aren’t working in an official physical location, they still need to be protected.
Read on as 4Corners Business Centers discusses how to establish an effective workplace safety policy for your remote employees.
Identify the Risks
First, you’ll need to identify the potential risks. After all, companies of all types and sizes have a legal obligation to keep their employees safe, whether they’re working from home, in a cafe or in a traditional office.
While EHS regulations do differ between regions, some are universal between the virtual and physical office space. Slips and falls are still common and car-related injuries should be considered, especially when they occur during the course of business.
Implementing the Procedures
Defining your virtual office’s workplace safety policies requires looking at the issues your in-house employees might face. The most common are poor workstation ergonomics and lack of proper equipment to get the work done.
One of the most ubiquitous problems virtual office employees face is the development of physical problems, such as stress fractures, due to not having proper equipment or using the equipment incorrectly. With this in mind, it’s crucial to ensure your remote workers have the equipment they need and are trained on how to use it.
Nurture a Safe Culture
Finally, it’s important to foster a culture of safety in all of your office spaces, be they physical or virtual locations. This doesn’t just alleviate your own concerns about the well-being of your employees, it also ensures that your staff members feel valued and protected. The best way to do this is to have an open dialogue with your employees to understand their needs and keep them in touch with concerns that may affect them.
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