If there’s one thing COVID-19 has taught us, that the work cannot stop and we can be productive while working from home! With the spread of coronavirus causing many businesses to close down offices and have employees work from home for an unknown period of time, employees might find their home offices (or just homes) unprepared for such a change.
If you are hunching over your laptop because you succumbed to temptation and work from the sofa or bed, it could lead to strain in your neck and back. Creating a home office or a workspace will be the best way to develop healthy work from home routine. Setting up a home office requires a significant change if you’re used to working in a formal office setting. It takes a bit of planning and effort to make sure this space maximizes your efficiency and productivity.
Assuming you are using a laptop, here are the 8 essential things you require to create an ergonomically sound workspace in your home:
1. Exclusive Work Zone
If you live alone, setting up a workspace may not be an issue. Those who are living with family, you might need to find a space or room, where you can block the daily distractions. You can use your balcony or garden area, if you have. You can also demarcate the area with a semi-open partition—a curtain, a half cabinet or tall plants. Always choose a space where you have access to steady and high-speed internet.
2. Natural Light
Make sure the sunlight from the window does not create glare on the computer screen. One of the best ways to use natural lighting while also saving space is to put your desk in front of a window. Remember that if you are lit from behind, no one can see you during a videoconference. Studies have shown that having exposure to natural light has a wide range of health benefits, including increased productivity.
Your desk will be your primary work area. There are a few options for types of desks that you can buy, and it really just comes down to your preference or your line of work. You can choose a laminate or veneer finishes for the freestanding table. You can choose the size based on the space you have. You can also try a built-in desk which will have the same basic dimensions and minimum clearances as a freestanding desk.
You can also look at foldable tables with wheels, which can be tucked away in a corner if you have limited space. Check out Mandic Table.
4. Standing Table or Sit-Stand Desks
For a healthier option choose a standing table or sit-stand desk. Having a standing desk keeps you on your feet all day, which, is an effective way to burn calories. In fact, standing during your afternoon of work has been shown to burn 170 more calories than sitting for an equal amount of time. According to the World Health Organization, a sedentary lifestyle is a significant risk factor for developing non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Sit-stand desks like UP1 by Sunon, have electronic height adjustable feature and other functions which can help you work better.
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5. Ergonomic Chair
The best part of an ergonomic chair is that it ensures good health and reduces the risk of injury or discomfort while working. Chairs are available in a variety of designs, styles, and sizes. Choose a chair that ensures smooth movement and has the options for adjustable backrest and height. The seat should have enough width and depth to support you comfortably.
6. Proper Lighting
If the general lighting is not enough then incorporate additional lighting with a desk lamp or a floor lamp next to the desk. Focussed lighting improves concentration and also enables you to work at night without disturbing anyone else. Good lighting can help you to see your work and sets the mood and atmosphere of your office.
7. Cabinets and Storage
Good home office setup requires you to keep your workspace and papers organized. One of the best ways to do this is with a file cabinet. If you want a simple pedestal with wheels, you can maneuver it if needed. You can maximize the wall space and give a neat look to the home office by incorporating built-in wall shelves in materials plywood.
8. Incorporate Plants
One simple yet effective way to improve your home’s air quality is through the right indoor plants. Consider adding potted plants in your home office as it adds warmth and improves the air quality within this dual-purpose space. These plants not only help improve the indoor air quality but also add an aesthetic touch to spaces.
In the long run, it is advisable to have a workspace at home, even after this crisis is over. An ergonomic workspace will always help you do your best and work better.
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