Is Your Home Office Set Up With Ergonomic Furniture And Accessories To Minimize Pain And Fatigue, As Well As Ensure Maximum Comfort, Productivity and Focus?
There are many benefits to working from a home office, including no commuting and a more flexible schedule. Whether you have been working in home for years, or only a few months, you may realize that your home office furniture is not as comfortable or ergonomic as in a professional office. Employers often provide ergonomic furniture and accessories to staff at the office, but employees who work from home may have to pay for their own equipment. Working from home may mean using a kitchen table and a chair that is not comfortable for hours of sitting. Or you may have a desk that is fine for occasional use, but not designed to be used 8 or 9 hours per day.
Here are some recommendations for creating a more ergonomic and productive home office:
- Sit Stand Desk or Standing Desk Converter
- Adjustable arm for multiple monitors and a laptop
- Quality, fully adjustable chair
- Accessorize with an anti-fatigue mat, keyboard wrist pad, mouse pad with wrist rest and a footrest.
- Practice good posture
Sit Stand Desks
The primary way to reduce injuries and increase productivity in your home office is to move on a regular basis. Your desk should be adjustable and allow you to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. People often think that they will move more when working at home. You may do some chores or walk the dog, but for many people, working in a home office is often just as sedentary as a traditional office.
Standing desks are an easy way to include regular movement into your work day. Investing in a flexible workstation ensures that you can regularly spend time standing, stretching and moving, regardless of what the workday brings.
Standing Desk Converters
Standing Desk Converters are an excellent alternative to sit stand desks when working from home because they come in a variety of sizes to fit any workspace. They can set on top of any desk or table, and they have a wide range of adjustability for sitting or standing, and can easily be moved to other locations if your home office needs change. Many Standing Desk Converters can support multiple monitors or a monitor and laptop, leaving space on the work surface for documents and other office tools.
Adjustable Arms for Monitors and Laptops
Monitors and laptops can take up valuable work space in your home office. Also, if they are not positioned at the right height, neck and shoulder pain can occur. A monitor arm will help put your computer screen or laptop in the right position. Monitor arms are available in several options including, single articulating for 1 monitor or dual articulating for 2 monitors. Monitor arms are simple to adjust and provide the flexibility needed for proper ergonomic positioning. Adding a Laptop Holder to the monitor arm allows you to use the laptop like any other monitor, you just need to get a separate keyboard and mouse.
Quality, fully adjustable chair
Avoid buying a chair off the shelf or online without actually sitting in it for a first. You will be spending 50% or more of your work day sitting in your chair, so this is one home office product you want to make sure is well built. Each component of the chair should be adjustable, and there are many chair parts that can be adjusted. Ensure that the lumbar support, armrests and seat height adjust to your body, and allow you to change positions during the day. Also, be sure that the warranty allows you to return or exchange the chair if it causes aches and pains.
Ergonomic Desk Accessories
Complete your home office set up with a few inexpensive, but beneficial accessories. An anti-fatigue mat helps reduce leg and lower back discomfort when standing. Wrist pads and mouse pads with gel or foam reduce fatigue and prevent serious injuries like Carpal Syndrome which causes numbness and tingling in the hands and arms. A foot rest can be very helpful when adjusting the position or height of your chair.
Practice Good Posture
Now with the right equipment in place, focus on optimal ergonomics and practicing good posture.
- Forearms should be parallel to the floor with elbows at 90 degrees.
- Wrists, neck and head should be in a relaxed neutral position, not angled up or down.
- There should be at least an arm’s length distance between your eyes and the monitor.
- The top third of the computer screen should be positioned at or below eye level.
- The height of your chair should be set so that your feet are resting firmly on the floor and knees are at 90 degrees.
- When standing, your head, shoulders, hips, and ankles should be in alignment with your weight evenly distributed between both feet.
Once you have mastered proper posture, change positions every one to two hours. These position changes include alternating sitting and standing, stretching every so often, and making small adjustments during the day. You will have reduced pain in your neck, back and leg, as well as more energy and focus.