CREATING A SPACE TO WORK
The following items should help when establishing a space to work at home – think of them as a “working from home checklist”
SETTING UP A WORK SPACE
Can you set aside a place for “work”? Is it possible in your home? Not everyone has a home office, but a dining table can work just as well as long as you don’t allow distractions. Folding furniture can give a real advantage here!
Employers have a duty of care. Not everyone has an appropriate space to work in their home, so support staff with guidance and information as to how they can use the space around them.
Be prepared that your brain can rebel if you’re not used to working from home. Try to make your working environment different from your usual hang-out places to emphasise the differences. Somewhere new, even if just a different chair, will make it easier to promote new habits and not just want to keep putting the TV on. Home is usually your sanctuary from work so you may well find it harder to motivate than expected.
You’ll want a comfortable chair, but not too comfortable. If you try a dining chair you’ll find a newfound respect for even the cheapest office chair.
And consider ergonomics! Check that your chair and desk are at a good height, and that you aren’t reaching too far or flexing your wrists at a bad angle on your keyboard. If you can, use an external monitor or raise up your laptop and use an external keyboard. Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a real thing, and if you’re a bit more stressed than usual you’re likely to be tensing up and placing more strain on your back, neck and arms.
There’s more advice on the NHS website about preventing RSI https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/tips-to-prevent-rsi/ and on good sitting positions for working https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/how-to-sit-correctly/.
Some people like to use a standing desk as another option, or a kneeling chair (probably not together!).