The insurer Chubb published a report stating that WFH can also lead to ergonomic-related injuries and repetitive stress. This is due to working longer hours, not taking breaks, and failing to create physically friendly workspaces. People who biked or walked to work before, or at least walked around the office during the day, now have to sit for hours at a time. Advertising and tech firms are encouraging their WFH employees to get up and move around as much as possible.
Encouraging Exercise and Relaxation
The Pittsburgh-based advertising agency Brunner offers remote office support which includes upgrades to bigger computer monitors, stand-up desks, and more. It also reimburses gym memberships, massages, and yoga classes. Some other measures that the agency takes are not scheduling meetings during the lunch hour or school pick-ups and drop-offs.
Ergonomic Office Equipment
The San Francisco ad tech company Quantcast had many WFH employees reporting neck and back pain because of inadequate home office set-ups. The company focused on ergonomics and hosted webinars for its teams about how to avoid physical issues. It gives a $250 stipend to employees who provide the right equipment for remote work.
Granting Paid Time Off for WFH Employees
Milwaukee-based agency Hanson Dodge will close its offices for three days, from October 20 to October 22, for “HDUnplugged,” designed for its WFH people to disconnect from work and relax, unwind and recharge their batteries.
Subscription to Well-Being Apps
A holistic approach to employee health is also the goal of the San Francisco-based creative agency Eleven, which has upgraded insurance benefits, instituted an annual stipend, and offered subscriptions to apps like Calm and Bright to bolster the physical and mental well-being of its people. The agency leaders see self-care as a priority, not a luxury.
Actively Listen to Individual Needs
At the New York City-based ad agency Organic, leaders organize one-on-one and group check-ins to actively listen to individual needs, acknowledge and address challenges, and celebrate wins. Taking time off to ensure WFH employees are rested and engaged is also encouraged. If management notices staffers need a break, then the agency closes up shop early on Friday.