Sitemark, the independent benchmarking service for the facilities management industry, has launched a working from home wellness assessment tool to support businesses and employees.
A major impact of the coronavirus outbreak and ensuing lockdown has seen millions of people working from home – 55 per cent of them for the first time.
Companies and their staff have had to adapt quickly with little to no time to consider wellness.
The assessment tool is designed for those working from home to score their wellness in five areas. They are:
• 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; and
• 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 one to four. Once all assessments have been returned, business leaders can address individual concerns and identify any issues that are common among 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 workplace risk assessment tool and workplace hygiene programme. The full set of Sitemark Covid-19 resources can be found here.
David Hylton, wellness consultant at Sitemark, said: “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.”