Trade union CNV says it is shocked by the number of physical complaints among members who work at home. In a survey, which was completed by nearly 2,500 CNV’ers, 41 percent say they have more problems with shoulder, neck or arm since they work from home due to corona. 45 percent say they do not have a workplace that meets health and safety requirements.
Previously, physiotherapists reported an increase in the number of complaints due to working from home.
“The laptop is on the kitchen table, the chair is too low, the laptop is flat,” says CNV chairman Piet Fortuin. “At work, the screen is at the right height, you often don’t have that at home.”
The union wants employers to spend more money on guiding homeworkers. “For example a fit coach and vouchers for a physiotherapist.”
According to the union, the costs could be recouped by lower absenteeism. “We have seen an increase in absenteeism in recent weeks. This is partly due to the physical complaints.” The average age of CNV members is 52 to 53 years, according to Fortuin.
In the CNV survey, 61 percent of the respondents say they incur costs by working from home that they are not reimbursed by the employer. 31 percent state that the employer stopped the travel allowance during the crisis. 23 percent does receive a homeworking allowance.