One of the benefits of working from home is that I am my own boss. I can set my own working hours, I make all the decisions, I have the freedom to do what I want when I went. I can work in my pyjamas with my hair in a messy bun and a make-up free face. I have become somewhat of a master of multi-tasking and can do the laundry, cook dinner and take care of the kids while answering emails and writing posts.
I’m responsible for my own actions and my own working environment. If the office is messy and untidy it’s my fault. If I trip over the laptop charger or pieces of lego then I have no-one to blame but myself. And truth be told, i really should know better, especially as I was responsible for certain areas of health and safety in my previous role (pre-motherhood).
There’s no risk assessments or accident forms in sight here. No safety regulations to be obeyed. It’s just me and my “creative” workspace.
But what happens if you are employed by a company and the workplace isn’t safe or fit for purpose, appropriate safety measures aren’t in place and accidents do happen?
Given the amount of time most people spend at work, you would think workplace health and safety would be top of the priority list, but it is an area that is sadly overlooked by many companies.
According to a recent survey commissioned by Hayward Baker, 21 million people in the UK claim their workplace is a hazard – that’s 69% of the country.
The survey was conducted following the launch of Hayward Baker’s new interactive injury compensation calculator, which is a tool employees can use to calculate how much compensation they could be entitled to following an accident at work.
Of those surveyed, 39% had suffered an injury at work and 20% had to be hospitalised. I can’t say I’m too surprised by those figures actually, but what I am surprised by is the claim that 21% of managers did nothing to rectify safety problems in their workplace – that’s just unacceptable behaviour to me as they’re failing to protect their employees.
I think I’ll stick to working from the comfort of my own home – it seems like a much healthier and safer place to be…most days anyway!