More than a third of IT directors flout basic health and safety rules by failing to support home workers properly.
A worrying 35% of 100 IT directors questioned by customer services applications supplier Touchpaper admitted they didn’t perform safety audits for their teleworkers.
A further 21% simply didn’t know whether or not their company had a policy in place, yet home workers legally require the same safety checks as office-based workers. These include annual monitoring of their electrics, cabling, heating and ventilation, as well as the position of their seating and workstation.
“People who work from home need to be treated the same as those who work from the office, with the same access to support and information,” said Graham Ridgway, chief executive of Touchpaper. “Company policies and practices must keep up with these developments in the interests of employee safety and productivity.”
According to research firm Point Topic, there are 3.8 million home workers in the UK and a total of 5.5 million people who spend part of the working week out of the office.