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Ways Remote Employees Can Prioritize Their Health

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More and more companies are beginning to allow their employees to work remotely. It's a great perk to enable people to work from the comfort of their home or switch up their scenery by working at a cafe or coworking space. 

However, if you employ full-time remote workers, it's important that they feel included in any company perks, including wellness programs. Remote employees are not able to enjoy in-office perks during working hours!  Keep reading for a few ideas on how to share these perks with remote employees.

Share ergonomic information

All employees should know the healthiest ways to sit at their desks and work at their computers. Occasionally, office managers or the HR department should share ergonomic videos and tips as reminders. Make sure this information is available to the whole company and not just posters that hang up in the office. Accessories, such as laptop risers or wrist rests, may help employees stay productive. 

Another, often forgotten, health issue to remember for people who work on computers all day is the blue light emitted from electronic screens. If you want your employees to be free from headaches, blurry vision, and other symptoms that can occur from extended use of computers and phones, then recommend they buy and wear blue light glasses. Encourage employees to take screen breaks during the day to help limit their exposure to blue light.

Create a Schedule

Remote employees should set working hours and schedule out their day in advance to maintain a healthy work-life balance (WLB). According to SHRM, many remote workers tend to work longer hours. Those who aren't confined to a physical office space find it challenging to take themselves away from work.  Many workers who don't get daily face time in the office may feel the need to prove themselves and work longer hours when remote.  

One way to help enable WLB for your employees is to remind your remote workers to set working hours. With online tools, such as Google calendar, it's easier than ever to schedule out the week and receive notifications.  When meetings, conference calls, essential tasks, or even breaks are planned, staying organized and managing the day is effortless. Plus, this can help combat overworking or forgetting to take that required (and much needed) lunch break.

Invest in remote-only perks

If you offer perks such as local gym discounts or healthy snacks in the office already, as examples, then try to offer remote employees these benefits too. It's great to support local businesses, but take care of your non-local workers by looking into corporate discounts at a nationwide gym. Additionally, you can offer remote workers a grocery or snack stipend so they can fill their office with healthy, energizing snacks!

Working remotely is a fantastic perk that a lot of job seekers look for these days. HR departments should consider offering this opportunity at their company but need to remember how to help their remote workers stay productive and healthy at work.

If your business offers remote work, Dominion’s Time and Attendance software is a great addition to keeping track of your employees. Our Time and Attendance software can do geofencing. Geofencing is essentially an invisible fence around the area where your employee clocks in. This can be an excellent tool for tracking your remote employees. Schedule a demo with us if you think your business could benefit from Time and Attendance software!

 

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