Are you ready to work from home?

As a business owner I’m sure like every other business owner out there you have been watching the COVID-19 updates religiously. After this evening’s (22nd March 2020) press conference from the Prime Minister to practice better social distancing, working from home for those who are able will become more of a reality from this week onwards.

So are you prepared?

Here are a few tips to help set you up.

1.Desk:
Having a room dedicated to your home office will help you be less distracted and more productive. Moreover, having an adequately sized desk and clean desk will enhance your productivity. It will prevent you from constantly looking under piles of paperwork trying to find your mouse or constantly moving stacks of paper around then inadvertently losing an important document you are trying to cite.

2. Chair:
Having an ergonomic chair with good back and lumbar support, good seat cushioning and enough functions that you can tailor it to your size is important. After all, you could be sitting in your chair for hours on end and this is where most people end up with back and neck pain.

3. Correct set-up
Ensuring you have your screen, mouse, keyboard, desk and chair set-up ergonomically is crucial. You shouldn’t have to reach too far forward or reach up to your keyboard. This is another way to ensure you can work pain-free over the coming months. If unsure, we are starting to offer ergonomic assessments online given the social distancing restrictions. (We’re trying to do our part too!) Enquire with us further if you think this could be beneficial to you.

4. Accessories
There are boundless accessories on the market these days. Monitor screen arms, stand-up desks, foot stools the list goes on. Don’t underestimate a good mouse pad either! There are plenty of things on the market that will help you ensure your desk set-up is tailored to your size and job description.

5. Webcam and Headset
There will be plenty of tele-conferencing in coming months so make-sure you have access to a webcam or think about purchasing one if you are client facing. There is nothing worse than trying to impress someone with a pixelated version of you.
Get an external mic or headset. Often the computer mic is ineffective and will make you sound like a robot. It won’t help you much if you’re trying to get a deal over the line.

I hope this post helps you in a small way. At On Track Physiotherapy we know the average 21st century worker is a desk jockey so we are passionate about keeping with the times and ensuring people are able to work productively and pain free.

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