Globally accepted and recognized legacy to this pandemic is hybrid working. For the majority of the employees, the working hours which were five days a week is over and with employee choice of how they want to split their time between remote working and office working is the new standard now. For example, two of the major companies Revolut and Spotify, recently enhanced their hybrid working policies and likewise many more are to be following. However it raises the question about the working set up that the employees might spend the majority of the time in. Where as in the office, it is on employees to ensure that the workers will be provided with a proper working set up which means that they are well equipped for a comfortable work and have the maximum productivity. Right now it is not the same duty for equipping their set up at their homes. Only armed with the bare essentials like a laptop and a headset at the start of last year’s lockdown time and it was solely up to workers to set up a desk and make themselves comfortable to work.
Since we are further into this hybrid journey, it is clear that many employees can spend most of their working weeks at home. Although if the office workers have around 1,700 hours a year of screen time of work purposes only, then there are more chances where in without the correct set up, they can have a bad posture causing more damages to their bodies and well being. As we know good ergonomics is good economics!
There is a straight uplink between the comfort and productivity like, when we feel better we perform better. Pains and aches are very distracting and getting distracted leads to a fall in the productivity says the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, as they found out that wrist pain which was caused by an ill-fitting mouse contributed to an approximate of a 15 per cent loss in the productivity. But according to the employees searching for a way to get the best of their workers it well worth the investment to provide them with the proper tools to give them comfortable working space. Choosing the right hardware tools which have ergonomic influences in their designs to ensure if goes a long way. For the 12% in the UK already are anguished from daily pains in the wrist and shoulder, therefore, vertical and trackball mouse should be considered, as they help to reduce pronation and the causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. There are choices for keyboards to be divided, which allow arms and wrists to rest obviously and reduce stress on neck and shoulder muscles too. Since there are many benefits to working from home or remote working for that matter, it can start to feel isolated or lonely. Video is hence a great tool for enabling this body linguistic communication, and serving to tackle any moods of isolation. Simply making eye contact and having what feels like a face-to-face conversation can have a great influence on an employee’s sense of presence, greatly cultivating mood and commitment.
The advantages of having a happy , healthy and committed workforce are countless, especially when paired with the goof morale and job satisfaction, the productivity will have a very positive outcome and the generation of ideas will turn into a great business success. Therefore, in order to have a successful business, start with a hybrid workforce, equipping employees with human centered and science driven ergonomic office tools.