The Modern Office Brings Emerging Risks
Having a conference bike or a treadmill desk might create an innovative atmosphere, but an injured employee or client could bring an end to the fun quickly, with lost work days and legal liability. These types of alternative workstations could pose a risk for employees or clients. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace that is free of known health and safety hazards. Employers should consider the safe design of new types of furniture, including conference bikes and treadmill desks, and assess and control any potential risks.
The Use of Mobile Devices
Pets in the office present new liability concerns for your business, from injured workers to potential lawsuits over allergies, injuries or emotional distress. When considering potential risks, think about your employees, as well as customers and other occasional visitors who might have fears or allergies. Of course, make sure that your animal-friendly policies and office rules allow for, and do not interfere with, service animals in the workplace. As with any policy that may involve legal questions, such as compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), etc., it is best to consult with an attorney.
技术can be liberating, freeing us from waiting by our desks for a phone call or email. But it can also blur the lines between when the workday begins and ends. “Always on” demands can create physical and emotional health risks when employees have trouble shutting down. If you have a 24/7 work culture, your employees might not be getting the sleep they need so they can drive safely, stay healthy and be productive. Consider setting expectations about when employees should respond to emails.
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