Ever experienced an aching back, sore shoulders, or pain in your wrist? It might be your job that’s causing you pain.
You’re not alone. Over 30% of workers reported suffering from a work-related musculoskeletal disorder.
If you work from home, you’re not off the hook. No matter how comfy it might feel to lounge on the couch in pajamas if your home is your office, it can still cause aches, stiffness, and long-term pain.
Just because you’re not at the office doesn’t mean you should slouch on workplace safety. Set yourself up for success by creating an ergonomic office at home.
Up to two million people have carpal tunnel pain. If you work involves a lot of typing on a keyboard and mouse clicking, you might be at risk of becoming one of them.
Get an ergonomic mouse with a rollerball so you don’t have to move it around on the desk. Don’t forget to support your wrist with a comfortable wrist rest.
A great office chair can be pricey. Going with a flimsy one can result in back and hip pain later on.
You need to make sure your chair is at the right height for your work station. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your eyes level with the monitor.
If your chair doesn’t come with built on lumbar support, try adding a pillow or a backrest. That way you won’t put too much strain on your lower back.
Sitting too long can cause fatigue and strain. You should take short breaks during the day and stand up frequently.
Standing desks help you move your computer from a desktop to an elevated position. They allow you to stand or sit when working and changes up your posture so you don’t get stuck in one position.
Don’t want to splurge on an entire standing desk? An adjustable stand can be an affordable and even portable option.
Besides your back, shoulders, hips, and more, you can strain your eyes at work, too. The wrong lighting set up can lead to headaches or vision loss.
Don’t sit with a window to your back. If you have to have a window directly behind your monitor, have windows in front of it to cut down on glare.
Every 20 minutes, focus your eyes on something in the distance to give them a break. Put a blue light filter or get a pair of blue light blocking glasses to minimize the damage of staring at a screen all day.
Creating the Perfect Ergonomic Office
Working from home seems like it’s comfy and relaxing. If you don’t have the right ergonomic office set up, it can cause you just as much pain as sitting in an office all day.
These must-have items will help you take care of your body. The type of pajamas you wear to your Zoom conference are up to you.
Whether working from home or in an office, we want to make sure you’re set up for success. Check out our other business articles to learn how to take on any challenge!