The opportunity to work from home was once a perk. Now, it’s the norm.
However, while some people may favor part-time home-based work, it’s not necessarily the most productive or the healthiest solution long-term.
Under lockdown, people have hastily converted their living rooms or kitchen tables to offices. But being restricted to a small space is challenging, particularly when the furnishings, lighting, and environment is designed for everything but focused work.
With many companies aiming to keep staff working from home for some time, we may see further deterioration of physical and mental health.
Until workers can make use of professional offices, these work from home tips will help make your environment a little more comfortable:
- Use an ergonomic chair that enables the correct posture and supports your lower and upper back.
- Use an adjustable height table or a laptop riser to ensure your desk sits at the right height. Your hands should be bent at the elbows and positioned comfortably on both sides.
- Adjust your screen brightness depending on the lighting in the room. Avoid excessive glare (try not to back onto a window or a light) and use a task light to illuminate your workstation.
- Isolate your workspace from the rest of the home to avoid noise and distraction. Noise cancelling headphones may help concentration.
- Take regular short breaks. Stand up, stretch, and walk around the house. Always make time for a lunch break and integrate as much movement into your day as possible.