January 30, 2015
CIGNA Corp’s Risk Management group publishes information on the company’sintranet about the workspace, productivity, health, personal safety, andinformation security. Here are highlights:
- Create a space where there is minimal traffic and distraction.
- Make it comfortable, with adequate room for computer, printer, fax, andstorage.
- Keep it off-limits to family and friends (for security reasons).
- Use the proper furniture and equipment, some of which may be supplied bythe company.
- Be sure to have proper lighting and telephone service.
- Be sure the workspace is ergonomically sound, if possible.
- Try to avoid eyestrain by having enough light and having the computer at acomfortable level.
- Use a headset or speakerphone with the telephone instead of propping itbetween your head and shoulder.
- Keep space well ventilated. In particular, place printers, fax machines,and copiers away from walls, because this type of equipment produces ozone.
- Remember that the home office is an extension of the company office.
- Be vigilant about avoiding computer viruses and protecting information.
- Be sure to back up and store data and other information in a safe place,and also provide a copy to the office in case the home set is damaged.
- Be cautious. 100,000 people are injured in their homes every year.
- Be careful of visitors. Don’t hold meetings in your home.
- Have working smoke detectors and an adequate number of fire extinguishers.
- Know first aid.
- Use a post office box rather than giving out your home address.
Adapted from material by CIGNA Corp., based in Philadelphia
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