COVID-19 has resulted in a rapid shift to working virtually/in home office settings. This has resulted in a number of changes including, how we work, how we interact, and we approach health and safety. With the home office work setting comes a new set of challenges unseen in the world of health and safety. Now more than ever there is a need for the workplace to advance towards a more comprehensive, holistic approach to health and wellness.
Occupational Therapists are regulated health professionals, with leading expertise in approaching health and wellness from a holistic lens, in the home setting. Occupational Therapists are equipped with the skills to work with individuals and organizations in promoting health and preventing injury by reducing barriers to participating in meaningful work. Occupational therapy services provided in the home settings are varied and complex but aim to address all areas of function including the physical, cognitive, emotional, and environmental barriers that workers experience on a day to day basis. As we progress towards a more virtual workplace, it is prudent that Occupational Therapy play a core role in the advancement of the field of workplace health and safety.
Public Services Health & Safety Association (PSHSA) offers a number of services and trainings for workers working from home. These include but are not limited to home office wellness/ergonomic solutions, managing chronic stress in times of uncertainty, physical and mental wellness training, and much more! Want to learn more about how the PSHSA can support your workers working from home? Contact OT@pshsa.ca to learn more about how we can assist your organization!