Many offices across the country are finding themselves thrust into the world of full-time remote working suddenly and without much preparation. If you, or your company, are new to remote work this may understandably be stressful as you work out the kinks in your processes. This blog post should will help you with some practical tips in this transition.
What does a good home office set up look like?
Watch your posture
Posture is so important for your wellbeing – good posture also impacts serotonin levels in your brain. If you’ve already been working from home sitting on a kitchen or other chair you may have noticed some aches and pains popping up. If your posture has been particularly poor you may even have a ‘burning’ sensation in your muscles or pins and needles.
To improve your posture and reduce this make sure you:
Invest in an ergonomic chair that is adjustable to your body type
Chairs that force you to lean forward will cause poor posture. Chairs that are too low can cause wrist strain. Chairs with arms that are too high can cause ‘shrugging’ which puts pressure on your neck and shoulders. An ideal ergonomic chair has a backrest, armrests and has an adjustable height.
Check your desk height
You should adjust your chair so that it aligns with your desk height properly. Your wrists should not be bent. You may wish to invest in wrist supports for your keyboard and mouse if you are finding the edge of the desk is irritating your skin or the pressure is uncomfortable. Your shoulders and forearms should be relaxed and you should be facing your desk straight on. Do not turn to look at a screen – instead adjust your screens.
Adjust your screen height and positions
Your screen(s) should be directly in front of you, so that you do not need to turn your head when sitting. Your screen should beat a distance of between 45cm and 70cm from your head. You should not need to look down or up to see your screens. An easy way to get the correct height is to align the top of the monitor at eye-level.
You may need a laptop stand, or a stack of books (or paper reams) can also be used to achieve this result.