Almost a year in: Virtual offices remained an ergonomic trouble spot

Source avec lien : Work, 71(2). 10.3233/WOR-211052

Une enquête de suivi auprès du corps professoral et du personnel d’une grande université du Midwest pour déterminer si des changements étaient intervenus dans leur environnement de travail à domicile et dans leur état de santé depuis une enquête antérieure réalisée au début de la pandémie au printemps 2020.

BACKGROUND: Many individuals continued to work from home even after nearly 9 months since the COVID-19 pandemic started in spring of 2020. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a follow-up survey of the faculty and staff of a large Midwest university to determine whether there had been any changes to their home work environment and health outcomes since a prior survey conducted at the start of the pandemic in spring of 2020. METHODS: An electronic survey was sent out to all employees, staff, and administration (approximately 10,350 individuals) and was completed by 1,135 individuals. RESULTS: It was found that not much had changed after nearly 9 months of working at home. Faculty and staff continued to primarily use laptops without an external keyboard, monitor or mouse. Few participants reported using chairs with adjustable armrests. These conditions continued to result in high levels of body discomfort (49% neck and head, 45% low back, and 62% upper back and shoulders having moderate to severe pain). CONCLUSION: If workers are going to continue to work from home, companies will need to accommodate them with more than a laptop, and should include an external keyboard, monitor, and mouse.

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