If you have at any point worked in an office undoubtedly you would have received advice on how to set up your desk or had a workstation assessment from Occupational Health, since the workplace is highly regulated with regards to Display Screen Equipment, seating and desk height. However how many of you are reading this at your kitchen table? Or feet up, lolling on the sofa on your phone? Many of the patients I see wax lyrical about how their PC is correctly positioned and they have the latest new-fangled designed office chair yet those regulations rarely (if ever) are transferred to the home.
Working from home can create a number of challenges to the ideal ergonomic workstation setup – space, lighting, and effective storage being some. You can Google ‘setting up your workstation’ to find any number of pages with step by step advice on the correct screen angle, desk height, and chair, personally, I’d recommend Backcare’s advice for being simple, concise and easy to follow, but the key is to follow it!!
So the first thing to do is find a dedicated space to call your own. Declutter, organise and file so that you can have the computer in the right place (in front of you, at arm’s length with the mouse accessible to both hands to reduce the chance of repetitive strain injury). Make sure the information you need is easy to locate and access so you’re not lifting heavy files at an awkward angle or regularly standing on chairs to reach boxes above your head.