You’re suddenly teleworking and you want to do all you can to ensure you protect yourself from ergonomic issues like neck, back, or wrist pain. Most likely your home workstation is going to be less than ergonomically perfect, because you may need to work from the kitchen table, countertop, or other surface.

Here are some tips to help you adjust your home work environment to fit properly and comfortably.

Move Around

Movement: The main thing to remember is to move around so you’re not in any one position for an extended period of time. Take frequent micro breaks. When you feel discomfort, move to a different position. For example, you can stand during phone calls or meetings, or move to a new location, such as from the kitchen table to the counter. Set a goal to get out of your chair at least once per hour.

Task repetition: Break up longer work tasks by alternating work duties

Set Your Chair

Height: Sitting in the chair, your thighs should be parallel to the floor (i.e. knees and hips at the same height). If your feet aren’t flat on the floor, use a foot rest. And, if the chair has no cushion, put a thick blanket or a thin pillow on the seat.

Back support: Sit back in your chair. If you don’t have good lumbar support, use a pillow as needed for comfort.

Armrests: If your chair has armrests, place them at the height of your keyboard for arm support.

Keyboard and mouse

Height: With shoulders relaxed, bend elbows to 90 to 110 degrees and bring the keyboard and mouse under your hands.

Mouse: Mouse should be next to the keyboard at the same height.

Monitor Height

Height: The top of the screen should be at eye level.

Placement: For a single monitor, position it directly in front of you. For dual monitors, position the main monitor in front of you.

Work Free

Under the work surface: Keep the space free from clutter, allowing the legs room to move for comfort. Also, keep the area leading to and from your workstation clear to eliminate slip, trip, and fall hazards.

Phone: While typing and talking on the phone, use a headset or speaker, especially if you’re using a mobile phone.

Additional Info:

State Fund’s Ergonomics Videos

What to Do When Your Staff is Suddenly Teleworking

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Employers

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The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for medical advice or legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.

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