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15.07.2020, 12:43

Working from Home Wellness Assessment Tool

Cleaning & Waste Management, United Kingdom, Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Independent benchmarking service Sitemark has launched an assessment tool to support businesses with employees who are working from home.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns have seen millions of people working from home – 55 per cent of them for the first time, with employers as well as staff often having to adapt quickly with little to no time to consider wellness.

 

The new too supports assessment of employee wellness in five areas: 

  • Working from home – including past experience of working from home, confidence and productivity
  • Workspace – including a defined workspace, comfortable chair and natural light
  • IT set up and support – including equipment and ongoing employer support
  • Employer support – including social interaction, sense of community and frequency of communication
  • Wellness and wellbeing – including job security, exercise and impact on family members

 

Businesses can send an assessment to every staff member working from home. Employees work through a series of questions and score their wellness on a scale of 1 – 4. Once all assessments have been returned, business leaders can both address individual concerns, as well as identify any issues that are common among many staff.

 

The working from home wellness assessment tool is the latest in a series of tools Sitemark has released in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, following the introduction of a workplace risk assessment tool and a workplace hygiene programme. The full set of Sitemark Covid-19 resources can be found here.

 

David Hylton, wellness consultant at Sitemark, says: "It’s testament to the agility and resilience of UK businesses and workers that so many people switched to working from home with almost no notice. Although some businesses may gradually start to reopen, the likelihood is that millions of people will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. It’s vital that they are supported in doing so for numerous reasons, including mental health, physical health and their happiness within their company. Our wellness assessment tool gives companies the framework to support their staff now and in the future."

 

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