IT Equipment FAQs
The following FAQs are intended to provide further clarity around the Firm’s support for remote working equipment in a hybrid working environment.
What does the £150 allowance cover?
The Firm will allow you to claim up to £150 towards the purchase of a mouse, keyboard, screen, webcam and chair.
I received equipment from the Firm to support temporary remote working during the pandemic. Can I continue to use this equipment and take advantage of the £150?
Yes, you can continue to use this equipment and may claim up to £100 towards a chair. Or you may return all loaned equipment and claim up to £150 for replacement.
I did not avail of the offer to take equipment from the Firm on a temporary basis. In the new hybrid model, I would like to do so and also avail of the £150 fund. Is this possible?
No. You will only be able to avail of the £150 funding.
I donated money for a small screen before the office closed but would like a big one.
Donations made toward small screens are excluded from this exercise. This does not stop you from availing of the options listed above.
Can I purchase a second (or third) screen, a footstool, a desk, a speakerphone or another piece of equipment that is not listed but would greatly help me perform my role from home?
The scheme allows you to claim up to £150 towards the purchase of a mouse, keyboard,
screen, webcam and chair. Other items are excluded from the scheme.
Can you recommend a chair for me, as I am not sure what to buy?
We are unable to recommend specific chairs. We can, however, advise that you purchase an ergonomic chair. A good ergonomic chair will possess the features below:
- Seat height: This should be easily adjustable (usually with a lever) to allow the user to place their feet flat on the floor with legs horizontal and arms even with the height of the desk.
- Seat width and depth: The seat should have enough width and depth to suit the individual. The user’s back should be snug against the back of the chair but there should be 2 to 4 inches of space between the end of the seat and the back of the user’s knees.
- Backrest: The backrest should be large enough to support the entire back and be able to support the natural curve of the spine with the addition of movable lumbar support. The backrest should also be able to adjust forwards and backwards to allow the user to get the correct angle for them and to recline the chair if they wish. There should be a locking mechanism in place to allow the user to secure this position.
- Lumbar support: This is important. Lumbar support on a chair should move both up and down to allow the user to position it to their individual needs. It should also have adjustable depth to allow the user to fit this comfortably to the curve of their spine.
- Swivel: The chair should rotate to allow the user to reach different parts of their desk without straining.
- Armrests: These should …….