Whether you work from home full-time or just occasionally, a welcoming, well-lit, ergonomic home office can help keep you healthy, happy, and productive. On the other hand, a poorly equipped and designed workspace can lead to accidents and injuries.
Whether you’re updating your existing work spaces or creating a home office from scratch, these tips for creating a safe, healthy environment when you need to work remotely.
The first step to establishing an ergonomic home office is setting up the right furniture and equipment in the right way. Start by following these guidelines:
To help set up an ergonomic workstation, follow Chubb’s “Ergonomics Checklist for Your Home Office.”
Healthy work practices are also key to maintaining your wellbeing while working from home. Follow the tips below to help prevent health problems, such as strain and repetitive motion injuries.
A well-designed ergonomic home office, combined with good working habits, can help you prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. But keep in mind that office workers and visitors can also sustain injuries from accidents and their environment.
With a modest financial investment and careful planning, you can create a welcoming, safe home office that enables you to be productive and stay healthy. From time to time—once a quarter or annually—consider assessing your home office and work habits to determine how you can make improvements.