Working from Home During a Shutdown.

Monday Mar 23rd, 2020



Working from Home During a Shutdown

The most important thing to do if you need to work at home is doing so on a desk and chair. If you can use an ergonomic chair. It’s important to mix it up” move around and take short walks. “Hook up your TV as your monitor for a bit if you have an HDMI cable. If you’re on a dining room chair, put a cushion under your bottom to pad the seat. If this means your feet don’t touch the floor, put another cushion or a box to avoid straining your legs.

Get fresh air, look out the window and walk or run up and down stairs if you have them to activate your muscles and move them around.

When companies recover from the initial shock, they should take a look at the kind of tasks that people perform and their personal circumstances to make a list of those who need help urgently and make them a priority when ordering equipment, Clifford says. “People that are doing computer intensive work — they're the ones that you're going to help out straight away, and then look at the others later on.”


Help your body cope while working from home


Make your own laptop stand: If you are working on a kitchen or dining room table, one of the most important things you can do is elevate your laptop so that the top of the monitor is at eye level. If you don’t have a keyboard and a mouse to rely on and still need to type, try angling a lever-arch file or a chopping board on top of a book to use as a ramp for your laptop. If you don’t have a table at all, make sure that you change the place that you work. Experts recommend standing up and working at a kitchen counter, or even using an ironing board at standing level (propped against the wall) to mix things up. Sitting on the floor and putting your laptop on a sofa or coffee table is also an option.

Move around every half an hour: It is more important than ever for you to move your body around every half an hour. Stretch your arms towards the sky and to the sides. Every hour, try laying with flat on the ground and your legs at a 90 degree angle to stretch the muscles in your back. Walk around while you’re on the phone if you can, and run up and down stairs if you have them.

Whatever you do, do not work on your sofa: Your sofa is the worst place for you to work for a prolonged period of time. Not only will your posture immediately worsen, the perception of comfort can stop you from moving around as much. If you have to work on a sofa, set a timer so that you remind yourself to get up and walk around regularly.


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