Tips on Good Ergonomics
Hi all!! Smart Break here with some useful tips for working outside the office!! Not everyone will be able to work in the office, all day, every day.
Some may need to be home for family or personal reasons. Maybe their kids are sick or they themselves are a bit under the weather or maybe….. Alan from accounting decided to bring cured pig ears for everyone to try in the office 🤢, I don’t know. What I do know is, is that I am free to leave the office whenever I need to. Once, a friend of mine Johanna needed help with her break on the train and I obliged, she was smart that day 😉. Luckily I am a cloud-based program that can be used on tablet or phone as well.
So if you will be working from home, I will be there, and don’t forget that you still can be mindful about how you treat your body. Working from the comfort of your home often means a neglect of the ergonomics aspect. Your office desk is substituted by the kitchen table and the office chair is replaced by a kitchen stool or, in worst case, the sofa. A portable computer is probably in most case, your work tool. The combination of all of the above will tense your back and neck before you know it.
When teleworking it is good to think about which factors may cause strain on your physique and how they can be prevented by choosing the correct furnishing and work equipment. By consulting your workplace health care you will get tips on how to improve the ergonomics at your home and most often the employers are also willing to help out.
TOP 5 tips on good ergonomics:
1. Organize your work station in a defined area at home, so that there’s a clear line between the working and no-working zones. Avoid working in the kitchen or in the bedroom.
2. Choose a work area where you can occasionally sit with your back and arms supported. Be mindful of how you hold your neck while working. A constant forward leaning position increases the risks of future spinal and neck problems.
3. If you are teleworking regularly, make yourself a permanent work station where the above-mentioned criteria are met.
4. Remember to take breaks! Avoid sitting for longer than 45 minutes at once.
5. Give your body the chance to move during the breaks. Teleworking provides you the possibility to go out and get some fresh air — take that chance!
Have a good work day — teleworking or not and don’t be afraid to get out for a byte!! Aahhhh see what I did there…..a little software joke for ya!
p.s.- I have nothing against pig ears….just Alan….. Just kidding, a little office humor there!