When using your laptop, for pleasure or to work remotely from home, take a moment to evaluate the your work space. Ensuring it has a good ergonomic configuration will help prevent injuries and allow you to be more productive.
Fact: Many employees working from alternate locations are using their laptops as a primary device.
Truth: Laptops are not designed to be ergonomically suitable. They are compact and the screen is attached to the keyboard causing poor head/neck and hand/wrist posture.
Challenge: Setting up the laptop monitor and keyboard at the proper height.
Solution: Evaluate your workstation, make small adjustments, and improve your posture.
Benefits: Reduces musculoskeletal diseases, pain and discomfort.
Tips:No matter whether you work remotely or at the office, there are three important ergonomic rules everyone should follow:
- First: maintain a neutral posture;
- Second: use a chair that supports your back;
- Third: position your computer monitor at eye level.
Even if you feel comfortable on your sofa, that does not mean your body is comfortable or well supported. In your remote location, dedicate a work space to help organize and create discipline in your day.
a. Maintain a neutral posture-neck should align with the spine (not bent or forward);
b. Back relaxed but supported;
c. Shoulders relaxed (not hunched or rounder);
d. Elbows close to the body and bent at an angle between 90 and 120 degrees;
f. Lastly, the wrist and hands straight (not bent or turned).
Start today by taking care of yourself and creating a healthy environment.
If you feel you are experiencing discomfort due to the setup of your workstation, visit: http://www.ehs.ufl.edu/programs/ergonomics/office-ergonomics/ for help to adjust your workstation.Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to schedule a consultation via phone or Zoom/Skype during emergency situations.