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Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic? – Part 1: Your Workspace

This series of articles is specifically written to help with issues that may be arising as a result of more people working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope it can provide some insight and help you as we all negotiate this time. These articles are a guide only and not meant to replace any specific advice you have been provided by your health care provider.

In this article we discuss ideas around creating a safe, usable workspace in your home. A little bit of general help and some more directed ergonomic advice if you are using a computer for your work.

Workspace

  • Separate your workspace from your recreational space
  • Ideally each family member should have their own designated workspace (we are all different shapes and sizes and need a space that works for each of us)
  • Try and have as much daylight as possible in your workspace, light can have a big impact on your mood and productivity levels

Computer-bound jobs

  • Work at a table or desk, NOT on the lounge or your bed
  • Adjust table and chair heights as much as possible for best posture
  • Upright through spine, no slouching (if you can feel your tailbone, or pressure into the lower back of your chair, you are slouching)
  • Rest a towel or cushion behind your lower back
  • Elbows resting easily at about 90 degrees, wrists straight, head back. If you feel your upper body moving away from the chair behind, your head is probably inching ever closer to the screen. (Use a small towel behind your upper back & if it slips you know you are leaning forward)
  • Knees just below hips if sitting, feet on the floor
  • Desktop, NOT laptop (at least an extra screen or keyboard so you can have both your arms and head in the correct postural alignment)
  • RELAX! This does not mean slump, it just means don’t be too rigid.
  • Try and mimic your office space if you know that works for you
  • This could be a good opportunity to see what does work for you

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