What about benefits? Do’s and Don’ts of home office ergonomics

As many of us enter month six of working from home, take time to check in with and, if needed, adjust your home workstation and routine. Please read through these helpful do’s and don’ts for healthy home ergonomics:

  • DO work at an appropriate height so your elbows naturally fall flush with your table or desk height. You don’t want your arms to be reaching or your shoulders raised.
  • DON’T hunch over your laptop. If possible, use an external monitor or laptop stand (with an external keyboard and mouse) to prop up your screen. Your eye line should be level with the top of your screen to limit neck strain caused by looking downward. 
  • DON’T give up on your current chair. If you do not have an office chair at home, there are some household items you can use to help adjust. Putting a firm cushion or tightly folded towel under your buttocks will raise your hips and increase the natural curve of your spine, making sitting more comfortable.
  • DON’T let your feet dangle. Place your feet on a few books or boxes under your desk, so your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor and your hips are slightly higher than your knees.
  • DON’T turn your couch into a workstation. As tempting as it is, the couch is not an optimal place to work at your computer for the entire day.
  • DO follow the 20/20/20 rule. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a computer screen, you should spend 20 seconds looking at something else 20 feet away to reduce eye strain.
  • DO make sure you get up and walk around. Taking a break to get lunch or to get a hydrating drink will provide the opportunity to stand up, walk around and rest your eyes from the computer screen.

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