Make working from home work for you

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Make working from home work for you

Comfort and efficiency are fundamental when looking to set up a home office in your apartment or townhouse.

To assist you set up your work from home environment, please use the following as a simple yet effective office ergonomics checklist that you can carry out at home, to make sure you’re comfortable, safe and productive.

  1. Posture – Activity – Exercise
  • Maintain proper posture, paying careful attention to positioning of head, neck/spine, arms/wrists, hips/thighs and feet. Basically, ensure the small of your back is supported, your shoulders relaxed (not slumped, not elevated), and that there is no pressure under your thighs;
  • Alternate between different postures on a regular basis;
  • When keyboarding, use minimum force while striking the keys;
  • Keep a neutral position, where the forearms, wrists and hands are in a straight line;
  • Avoid awkward reaching for work tools such as telephone, mouse and reference materials;
  • Avoid resting elbows, forearms or wrists on hard surfaces;
  • Take frequent mini-breaks throughout the day to give muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover;
  • Alternate between work activities which use different muscle groups to avoid overuse;
  • Give eyes a break by closing them momentarily, gazing at a distant object and blinking frequently.

  1. Lighting – Air – Noise
  • Maintain appropriate light levels for specific tasks. More illumination is usually needed to read a document than a computer screen;
  • Reduce or eliminate glare by using window shades, dimmers on overhead lighting and anti-glare filters for computers;
  • Adjust the contrast and brightness on your computer screen to a comfortable level;
  • Clean the computer screen and other surfaces regularly;
  • Reduce the number of dust collecting items like papers and files on your desk;
  • Maintain a comfortable temperature by using layers of clothing or a portable fan or heater;
  • Identify distracting noises and try headphones, ear plugs, soft music or a quiet fan to reduce or mask the noise.


  1. Work Style – Organisation – Breaks
  • Reduce stress by planning ahead and setting realistic expectations for what you can accomplish during the workday;
  • Organise your workload to help even out busy and slow times, to avoid feeling “swamped”;
  • Vary tasks to make the day more interesting;
  • Avoid long periods of repetitive activity. For example, alternate computer work with other tasks like phone calls;
  • Organise equipment, supplies and furniture in the most efficient arrangement for daily tasks;
  • Acknowledge ideas and accomplishments of co-workers on a regular basis;
  • Develop stress reduction and relaxation techniques which work for you at the office and at home;
  • Take mini-breaks that re-energise, invigorate and refresh.


Disclaimer: This article provides general advice only and does not take into account individual circumstances.

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