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Home office workplace

Since the start of the Corona pandemic, we all started working at home. This page helps you to set up a healthy and durable home office workplace.

a healthy workplace

As UT, we find it important that you as our employee have a safe and healthy workplace at home, that enables you to work from the home in a sustainable way. In order to achieve this, it is important that your home office and the way you work from your home meets several requirements:

  • make sure there is proper ventilation and a pleasant temperature;
  • take breaks regularly and make sure you move around;
  • make sure your working posture is good and that your workplace is equipped and adjusted in the right way.

Check your current workplace and working posture (take the CANS test) to see if you need further supplies to create a healthy workplace. In order to facilitate you as well as possible in this respect, we have put together a standard range of home office supplies that you can order through selfservice.utwente.nl. You can choose from a number of supplies that you can recognise by the label ‘HOME WORKPLACE’. All supplies in bold fonts can be ordered for your home office workplace:

  • make sure you sit well and use an adjustable office chair;
  • if possible, adjust the height of your desk; if your desktop is too high by 3 cm or more, use a footstool and adjust the height of your seat accordingly;
  • your monitor must be an arm’s length away; the top of the screen must be right below eye level; you can use a monitor stand or a laptop stand to achieve this;
  • use a separate keyboard and a separate mouse;
  • if necessary, use a headset for video meetings in order to reduce the impact of background noise or if the quality of your microphone and/or speakers is insufficient;
  • for online tuition, you can order a separate microphone and a good camera.

Please take notice that all supplies remain property of UT at all times: they will be put at your disposal on loan for the period in which you have been contracted by UT. If you need additional supplies, please contact your superior; for additional advice, contact your HSE co-ordinator.

How to order

If you have decided which supplies you need, you can order these through selfservice.utwente.nl on the OFI-number of your department. The home office supplies that you can order from our basic range can be identified by the label ‘HOME WORKPLACE’. The time of delivery may vary per item; for each item, an estimated time of delivery is therefore indicated.

After placing an order, your superior will have to approve it. You will receive a message informing you when and where the supplies can be collected at UT.  

Order your supplies

Open Selfservice Portal

Use the LISA Selfservice Portal to order home office supplies: desk chair, monitor, mouse, keyboard, headset etc.

FAQ for employees

  • How do I know if I am sitting correctly?

    You can check if your office supplies have been adjusted correctly by using a CANS test. By using this test, you can find out what is required for a healthy workplace at home and what needs to be improved in your situation.

  • How do I optimally adjust my Be Proud office chair for the correct sitting position?

    Watch video: Adjust the correct sutting position

  • I have already bought home office supplies. Can I make declarations?

    If you have purchased home office supplies with the approval of your superior and the purchase took place before 3 September 2020, you may claim you expenses after conferring with your superior. The Board of Directors took a decision on 3 September 2020 which states that after that date, home office supplies may only be purchased using regulated procedures and that independently made purchases will not be reimbursed.

    Costs for  home office supplies that have been claimed by definition have been financed by UT; therefore, they will remain property of UT. Following the end of a contract period, they need to be handed over to UT.

  • Where can I collect my supplies?

    Items are delivered to UT by the supplier. You will receive a message informing you when and where the supplies can be collected at UT. They will be stored securely until that time.

  • How long is the time of delivery for items ordered?

    Due to an increased (global) demand for home office supplies, the time of delivery may take longer than usual. Because of this situation, UT has already ordered various supplies. Desk chairs will be delivered to UT in week 50; other supplies generally will be delivered within 2-4 weeks.

  • Are the items for which I have claimed expenses my property?

    Home office supplies you have claimed have been financed by UT by definition. As a consequence, they will remain property of UT. Following the end of a contract period, they need to be handed over to UT. UT has an arrangement for e-waste, which allows employees to take over obsolete personal electronic devices, such as smartphones and PCs. After conferring with your superior, you can make a request for this purpose through LISA self service portal (menu: eWaste).

  • I have already collected office supplies from my UT office to install at my home office, e.g. my desk chair and monitor. Do I need to return these items, if I order new ones?

    Best contact your superior to make arrangements and to discuss in which manner your service or faculty wishes to handle this.

  • Can I order supplies that are not listed in the standard range of home office supplies?

    Under special circumstances, where standard supplies are not adequate or sufficient, your superior may contact the HSE co-ordinator of your unit to assess whether a tailored solution is called for and possible. The HSE co-ordinator will advise your superior on their findings.

  • I have trouble reading my monitor; what can I do?

    On this website repetitive strain injury, you can find information about the procedure for computer glasses and how to start this procedure. The costs will be covered by your own department. In  special cases where computer glasses are not sufficient, your superior may ask the HSE co-ordinator for help to see whether a tailored solution is called for and possible. The HSE co-ordinator will assess the situation and advise your superior on their findings.

  • I have trouble hearing; what can I do?

    Under special circumstances, where standard supplies are not adequate or sufficient, please contact your superior. They can ask the HSE co-ordinator for advice. The HSE co-ordinator will assess the situation and advise the superior on what is needed in your situation.

  • I see other supplies in the orders portal; can I order those as well?

    You will recognise home office supplies from the basic range by the label ‘HOME WORKPLACE’. Ordering other supplies is not allowed.

  • What do I do if my superior does not approve my order for supplies from the basic range?

    If you have ordered supplies labelled ‘HOME WORKPLACE’, it is important to ask your superior why no approval was given. If additional advice is required, please contact your HSE co-ordinator.

FAQ for managers

  • An employee wishes to order a sit/stand desk through UT. This is not part of the basic range of home office supplies. Which procedure needs to be followed?

    Under special circumstances, where standard supplies are not adequate or sufficient, you can, as a superior, contact your HSE co-ordinator for advice whether a tailored solution is called for and possible. The HSE co-ordinator will assess the situation and subsequently advise you.

  • How does financial processing of supplies ordered from the basic range (‘Home workplace’) take place?

    Once an employee has ordered the required home office supplies through the LISA Self-service Portal, the order will be sent to the person mandated for approval digitally. Usually, this is their superior and/or director. The process is similar to the process for ordering hardware and software through the Self-service Portal. After you approved the employee’s order, the order will be processed physically and financially.

    Financial processing will take place by charging the costs of home office supplies ordered at the cost centre of the employee. These costs will be recorded under grootboekrekening: 2321 Aanschaf inventaris/apparatuur of said cost centre. Because orders will be place at the self-service portal, the financial department will be able to trace by cost centre level which costs were made for home office supplies.

  • How can I support my team with staying healthy and avoiding high work pressure in ways other than by helping them set up a healthy workplace?

    As a superior you have a key role in creating an environment where your employees can carry out their work in a healthy and safe way. On the HR website, you can find a simple guide to various topics on, and possibilities for, keeping your employees healthy and recognising high work pressure.

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