Thinking about Health and Safety while Working Remotely
Health, safety, and environment (HSE) is an integral part of our culture at Schlumberger. We believe that HSE principles should be followed at all times—no matter where we are.
Like other people around the world, many of our employees are now working remotely to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Just as in the workplace, it’s important to focus on safety principles at home.
While not a new concept, working remotely requires setting a routine, staying connected, and maintaining well-being. As HSE is a priority, we wanted to share some tips that our employees have found useful.
- Create a dedicated, organized workspace. Identify an area that you can work from with minimal interruption. Ensure it has a clear work surface, keeping on that space only the tools you need for work. Also ensure the area around your workstation is clear of tripping hazards. Tip: Communicate your intentions to others who are at home or sharing this space. Sit near a window—natural light can be energizing and help you to be productive.
- Schedule your day and find a balanced routine. Make a to-do list. Stay on schedule by deciding what you will do and when you will do it over the course of the day. Take a break for lunch as part of your daily routine and try not to eat in front of your computer. Tip: Tools like a notepad and timer can help you get organized—and start and end your workday on time. Use your lunchbreak to eat, talk to people, or complete any personal tasks.
- Stay connected. Have a regular meeting with your team and colleagues, as well as your friends and family. Tip: Regular scheduled conversations can help keep team members aligned on common goals. Taking time to talk to people through a regular call or virtual chat can also strengthen connections when not in the same location.
- Take time to relax. Set aside time to take breaks for activities and relaxation. Tip: Fresh air and exercise have many physical and psychological benefits. Take a short break every two hours to stand up and stretch. Spend time with your family and friends, even virtually. Maintain a work-life balance.
- Understand the risks around you. Home represents a place of comfort and security, which means we can easily overlook potential safety hazards. It is important to identify any potential risks at home and create the appropriate barriers to minimize those risks. Tip: Practice fire safety, ensure that smoke detectors are in working order, and have a list of emergency contacts easily accessible.
Learn about our COVID-19 management plan and read about how we are supporting local communities here.