Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, working from home has become the new norm. With many employers encouraging employees to work from home for the foreseeable future, its become more important than ever to get your home office is top shape.
Creating an ergonomic home office space is important to maintaining a high level of concentration, performance and wellbeing. The wrong set up can mean a stiff back, sore muscles and inability to focus. The goal of ergonomics is to set-up your workspace so that it fits you and the job you are doing. When your workstation is set up right you may:
- Be less likely to have problems such as headaches or eyestrain
- Reduce neck and back pain
- Prevent conditions that are linked to doing the same task over and over (RSI – Repetitive Stress Injury)
If you're lucky enough to have a dedicated work space, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your space functions properly using the science of ergonomics.
1. Raise your computer screen to be at eye-level. If you hastily brought home your laptop when the pandemic closures were announced, you may be stuck looking down while you work. This puts your neck and back at an uncomfortable angle. Find a way to raise your screen to be at eye-level. Either use a separate keyboard and raise your laptop, or use a separate monitor that is at the right height.
2. Use an ergonomic motion chair. If you've been making do with a kitchen chair or traditional office chair, you may be finding your body aches from being sedentary. Switching to an ergonomic motion chair, like Swopper, can relieve the strain on your back. Plus sitting in motion has overall wellness benefits like increased circulation, deeper breathing and strengthening core muscles.
3. Consider a height adjustable work station. Research has consistently shown that transitional sitting, or moving between sitting, standing and perching, is the healthiest way to sit. A height adjustable work space and chair, like Muvman, will let your body move as it was intended to between positions.
5. Use a mouse and mouse pad. It's important for your wrist and hand health to set your space up with a mouse and mouse pad. If you've been making do with your laptop alone, it's time to invest in these small items to improve your ergonomic function.
4. Incorporate feel good elements to your space. Surrounding yourself with things that make you smile is a surefire way to enjoy entering your home office space every day. Things like live plants, healthy snacks and photos of the ones you love can keep your mood high.
Working from home appears to be here to stay, so don't hesitate to take the steps to make your home office work well for you. You'll set yourself up for success if your home office utilizes ergonomics to improve the function of your space.