Health and Safety When Working at Home


COVID-19 changes our society and economy. More people are moving home to work these days. How can managers and supervisors ensure the health and safety policies and procedures are under control? There are so many things to be modified because you will not be able to watch and talk with your co-workers in person.

There are three important things to be considered 

1. Physical Working Conditions

It is not simply that an employee can work at a kitchen table or cafeteria, you should make a checklist to ensure the working condition fits for working at home, such as an ergonomic table and chair, stable and fast internet access, a quiet place for working. The employees should have a check-list of health and safety in the new working environment as they work in facilities, regardless they may use the company’s vehicle, equipment, tools or not, they should check the list every day, filing and reporting to their supervisor.  

2. Risk Management

Risks include cybersecurity when employees access the company’s hub, server or database, or potential risk of fire or gas leak in (the employees’) house, transportation, or community safety. The company should have a dedicated IT technician to watch carefully for any cyberattacks and provide assistance to the less tech-savvy workers. Employees should also watch out for other risks through maintaining constant and effective communication with co-workers and supervisors 

3.Motivation and Productivity

Supervisors and managers must understand that constantly checking their employees' work progress may not lead to high productivity. By building a self-managing culture based on trust and respect, will be much more effective in keeping remote workers' efficiency high.