The nation has unexpectedly found themselves working from home. For some, this might be the first time you haven’t had a dedicated workspace to go to. We wanted to help show you how a well set up home office can benefit. The benefits are not only to your productivity, but your health as well by minimising discomfort.
Working on the sofa might sound idyllic; however, this can lead to numerous back problems further down the line. Where possible, we believe that a separate work area is beneficial for home workers where you can set up a proper chair, desk and equipment.
With a little bit of space planning and clever furniture, you can make any little nook into a productive work area.
Adjust your chair and sit correctly
If you tend to sit for long periods of times, we would suggest investing in a good chair to support various postures throughout your working day. Once you have found your perfect chair, it’s time to set it up correctly to make sure you get all of the benefits of your new chair.
Make sure that your screens are at the correct height
Making sure that the top of your screen is in-line with your eyebrows stops you from dropping your neck or slouching over to view the screen. Then all you need to do is put your arms straight out in front of you. Your screen should be an arm’s length away with your fingers able to touch the screen.
Use your laptop safely
We know that it’s tempting to pick a comfy spot and work off your laptop when you’re working from home. If you are working from a laptop for any period of time we would recommend setting it up on a laptop stand to raise it to eye height and then use a separate wireless keyboard to ensure the screen on the laptop stays at arm’s length. Take a look at our guide to working on a laptop safely here.
Take regular breaks
There’s often a common misconception that ‘home workers don’t work as hard as those in the office’. However, in our experience, it’s often even harder to switch off as the borders between work and home life blur. If you are working from home, make sure that you agree strict hours with your employer so that you feel comfortable in shutting down at a set time and getting on with your evening just as you would in a 9-5 office.
A workstation assessment (DSE) is a legal requirement in offices with 5 or more screen users. As well as compliance, they are really useful for pointing out issues that might harm you in the long run.
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