April 2021 Newsletter:

Standardizing Training for WFH


Training staff in remote environments can seem daunting, their workstations are likely all different: different models of chairs, keyboards, monitors and mice. Not to mention where they are working as an "office".

Between March of 2020 and February of 2021, we delivered our @Home Ergonomics webinar to over 1500 staff working from home in a variety of workplaces and industries. You name it and we heard it in terms of set-up (people working on kitchen tables, couches, beds, floors and exercise balls!), but the number one message we took away from these sessions is that without guidance, staff were not getting it right at home.

A key element of a proper ergonomic setup is working with the keyboard and mouse aligned with elbow height. When polled, 64% of respondents were NOT at the right height! That means, they were adopting non-neutral postures working at their computer.

When employees work above or below their natural elbow height, they experience stress and strain to their upper body (neck, upper back, shoulders, elbows, and hands/wrists) caused by awkward postures of the upper extremity such as bent wrists and reaching.

Overall, employees did slightly better when asked about their monitor position but still only 50% of the participants reported looking straight ahead; the other 50% were either looking down or up to see their screen which can further contribute to neck, upper back and shoulder issues!


How do we bridge the gap to improve WFH set-ups?


Educating for Success: The Low Hanging Fruit

A key component of any H&S and therefore, MSD prevention program, is that employers have the legal responsibility to identify and control hazards in their workplace in order to protect their workers. In a WFH situation, one of the main hazards will be ergonomic in nature.

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In the past 2 months we have visited how to protect workers by getting the right equipment into place and conducting an assessment of the set-up of their home offices to ensure it meets workplace standards (Missed these topics? Revisit our recorded webinars here).

This month the discussion moves to training. Any good H&S program includes educating staff about what hazards are present in their jobs/tasks and how to mitigate those hazards. This might even be more important in WFH situations because we cannot easily see the potential hazards at a person's home office.

Start thinking deeper on this topic by joining us for this month's webinar that is completely dedicated to the topic of providing better training to support our WFH staff! We'll be discussing strategies for training, how to handle different types of equipment that employees might have and how to get your assessment, equipment and training program components working together to achieve success!


What's Next from PRO to support WFH?

We've been dropping hints that something BIG is coming from PROergonomics… and it's so close! We are launching a new training system to support organizations with staff in permanent WFH situations to help prevent MSD injuries in home office environments and WE CANNOT WAIT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU!!

PROfessional, PROactive and PROductive solutions to all your WFH needs!

Click here to get an exclusive preview of the first module in our brand new PROergonomics Online Learning Series: Home Office Ergonomics!

Sarah, Jen & Alex

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