The times are changing, and the office environment isn’t what it used to be; now, more people are setting up home offices and working remotely. The vast majority of physical businesses aren’t in operation, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, it only fits that businessmen and women take their work home and set up an office environment that will give them the impetus to deliver top-notch content.
However, it’s also essential to set up the home office so that you won’t do lasting damage to your body and mind. There’s a thin line between efficiency and tomfoolery, that line has been blurred a whole lot lately, and we’ll be showing you why. You need to know a couple of things before taking your office home, and we’ll be bringing you the motions step by step.
Here, we will be describing the benefits of having an ergonomic home office, we will be giving you a few tips on how to make your home office space more ergonomic, and we’ll be showing you how to save money while getting it done. Furthermore, we will describe some areas of the body that are affected by working long hours at a desk, we will explain how the products help reduce pain, and we will be delving deeper into a frequently misunderstood concept.
At the end of this piece, you will be able to set up an ergonomic home office, you’ll know a thing or two about setting up a proper ergonomic office, and you’ll know the best and most sustainable practices in the business. So without further ado, let’s get to be ergonomic and economical!
The Benefits of Having an Ergonomic Home Office
Now that so much work is being done remotely, and it’s now a thing of necessity to get that home office set up, it only fits that you do it the proper way. Ergonomic setups are miles better than office setups for various reasons, and here are a few.
1) It saves money
Believe it or not, going ergonomic saves money in the long run, even though that might not seem apparent in the first few weeks or months of setting up. However, along the line, you’ll notice that the hospital visits are getting fewer, your movement is better synchronized, you’re finding more space than you knew existed, you’re experiencing a 75% reduction in lost workdays, and you’re getting the job done way faster than ever. These are just some ways that an ergonomic investment pays in the long run, don’t ask us; you can ask around.
2) It improves employee engagement
This benefit cuts across; it’s essential for the employers of labor and the employees of work, as there’s nothing better than sustainable engagement from both sides. Proper ergonomic office setups are masters of such, as it’s a known fact that “if an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement.”
Following the first and second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not out of the ordinary to see employers of labor championing safety more than ever. They are looking for every legitimate means to ensure that their remote employees observe proper safety protocols. One of the favorites is converting their potentially hazardous office to an organized ergonomic one. It might take a little time, money, and effort, but the safety assured sure makes up for it!
Tips on How to Make your Office Space More Ergonomic
Here are a few tips on converting your home office space into an ergonomic one; plus, these tops require little to no money, so you might want to pay more attention. Here they are:
1) Setting Up the Seat and Desk
First things first, you’ll need to stop the bad habit of doing work on your sofa and bed because that’s the easiest way to ruin your back. Instead, the right thing is to purchase a nice adjustable chair that’ll get the “ergonomic job done.”
Focus on buying a chair that suits your height and gives you enough legroom, as that way you’ll be getting comfort and value for money.
As for the desk, you should consider getting an external keyboard and mouse for your laptop, you should also avoid overcrowding the surface of the desk, and most importantly, you should hit the sweet spot between not too far and not too close.
2) The Surroundings
This is a home office; it’s meant to be more conducive than the occasionally overcrowded work office with little or no privacy. As such, you should get a few things sorted out, with the first being the natural lighting. For indoor lighting, make sure that there’s “indirect, soft overhead lighting, neither too bright nor too dim.” Also, ensure that there’s an overhead lamp just if you’re working on a job that requires extra lighting.
Also, you could soundproof your room for professional reasons, and if that doesn’t work, you can invest in some quality noise-canceling headphones, so you’ll keep the puppies away during your all so important zoom meetings.
Also, consider getting a plant, as they not only make the place more fulfilling but they also “remove toxins from the air.” Anything green, alive, and easy on the eyes would do.
3) Take a Break
Chill out, catch some fresh air, let off some steam, and be alive. You’re no longer in the confines of a choking outdoor workspace, so it’s only proper that you reap the fruits of your investment. Ensure that you’re done with the task at hand so that you can take a good and fulfilling break when the time comes. Also, ensure that you don’t spend more time on vacations than actually working, as that could be pretty nonsensical and detrimental to the work at hand.
The Ergonomic Effect
Here we’ll describe some areas of the human body and how such sites are affected by working long hours at a desk. We will then explain how going ergonomic can help reduce the pain in those areas (1). Here they are.
1) Head and Neck
The head and neck can be negatively affected when you maintain a bad posture when getting office work done. That’s why it’s not out of the ordinary to notice that the desk and laptop are placed higher than the keyboard at regular places of work. The reason is to ensure that your head and neck are tilted up to avoid future consequences.
It would be best if you also affected these positive changes in your home office space by equipping it with a standing desk or perhaps a laptop rider to make your monitor higher than the keyboard. This will give your workspace a more professional outlook, and it will save your neck from dire consequences in the not too distant future.
2) Hand and Wrists
The parts of the body used in typing, curating, and sending emails from one location to the other. The hands and wrists are certainly the most indispensable parts of the body when it comes to the immediate workflow. They need to be extra taken care of, as it could be pretty disastrous for a company if their workers suddenly develop digit issues.
Such issues could include sharp pains at the wrists, stuff fingers, and a numb feeling after the work has been done and dusted. As such, your home office space must have wrist support if needed; if not, you should keep your hand in a neutral position whenever possible, and you’ll get used to it in no time.
3) Seating Posture and Back Support
Remember when your teachers in elementary school and the middle school told you about sitting right to miss your posture up. Well, a few years later, that’s the reality, and good poses are pretty much nonexistent for the people that didn’t follow such “simple rules.”
That’s the same in a home office space, as it would be a smart move to purchase an ergonomic office chair that is designed to relieve pressure in the lower back and improve your posture.
That way, you’ll correct your posture, get proper back support, and before you know it, you’ll miss that oddly uncomfortable cubicle at your onsite workspace. Plus, if you can’t afford an ergonomic chair at the moment, you could as well add a footrest to where you’re sitting in the meantime.
Going ergonomic is undoubtedly one of the most innovative remote employees learned in the past year or so. Now that they don’t even moss their onsite workspaces anymore, and they’re unlocking a new feature every other day. Going ergonomic has a wide array of benefits for anyone looking to remain productive, comfortable, and superserviceable in the long run.
These are just some of the more affordable ways of going ergonomic, as some people are so in love with the idea that they decided to go all the way. Here we’re more into gradual steps, making sure that you love the concept before diving headfirst into it, and hopefully, with time, you’ll see why going ergonomic is worth all the hype!