Six easy tips for a healthy home workspace
Some employees may find that they are suddenly working from home more than ever because of social distancing. Here are a few tips for healthy ergonomics, using materials that are easy to find at home.
1. Stack books to raise your screen to eye level. You can hook up an old TV or computer monitor to most laptops, if they have an HDMI plug.
2. Position your hands and arms at elbow height, while your upper arms are relaxed by your side. Elbows should be bent at a 90-degree angle. If you have a keyboard, try resting it on your lap. Sit at a counter or desk that allows your elbows to rest at a 90-degree angle.
3. Pad the edge of your desk or table with a folded washcloth or hand towel to comfort your wrists and forearms.
4. Use a small cushion to support your back. Your hips and low back should be settled into the back corner of the chair, so your weight is shifted onto the backrest.
5. To reduce eye strain and headaches, don’t put your computer directly in front of a window. You’ll have the least amount of glare if windows are to your side.
6. Add breaks for movement and stretching into your schedule. Set a reminder throughout the day to do desk stretches. Take short walks to avoid fatigue and muscle tightness.