Over the past year, have you transformed your bedroom into your office? Has your kitchen table become your conference room? To curb COVID-19, many Americans have found themselves working from home. They’ve been forced to transform their living and dining areas into home offices.
For many, this hasn’t been an easy transition. Especially if it meant leaving behind a decked-out ergonomic space. What is an “ergonomic” space, you ask? Ergonomics is the study of people in their working environment. An ergonomic space is a space that is adjusted to fit a worker. Employees left adjustable chairs and desks when they began to work from home. Most employers have not footed the bill for them to transform their home space into work space. Most are without stipends for office furniture, laptop stands, and external keyboards. In fact our Hinge Health Work from Home Survey Report found only 19% of survey respondents said their employer reimbursed them for their home office equipment.
Studies show that satisfaction with one’s work environment can improve job satisfaction and performance. Ergonomically sound workstations also tend to improve productivity. Studies have also found a link between work-from-home setups and increased neck pain and stress. Are you someone who has been negatively affected by the physical challenges of working from home? Or are you trying to prevent this from happening? Either way, these tips on how to change your space with objects you have lying around your home are for you!
Your laptop or computer screen is too low to read comfortably from and you’re feeling neck and shoulder pain.
Your chair is too high, leaving your feet dangling. Or it’s too low, which makes you feel as though your knees are too high above your hips.
It’s important to remember that people are affected in different ways by their work setups. You may find that getting up during the day helps more than physical changes to your space. Changes should be made with a trial-and-error mindset—they can always be reversed or revised. A more comfortable work environment is minutes away with these quick tips. Give them a try!
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Source: Hinge Health