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Whether for convenience, financial or environmental reasons, many small-business owners are choosing to set up a workspace at home. Enterprise Nation reported in 2014 that one in 10 domestic properties are now home to at least 1 business and they contribute £300 billion to the British economy.*
And as people spend more and more hours in their home offices, it’s important that they are set up correctly.
Here’s some guidance from Posture People’s Jo Blood on how to create a healthy and safe workstation in the comfort of your own home.
Jo from Posture People shows how to sit correctly at your desk
When working from home, your desk set-up should be no different than if you were in an office and the 5 main points to remember are:
- Make sure your chair is at the right height. Your forearms should be at the same level as the desk.
- Make sure your screen is an arm’s length from you and that the top of your monitor is at eye level. Use monitor blocks or phone books to raise your screen to the right height.
- Once you’ve adjusted your seat to the correct height, use a footrest if (and only if) your feet are dangling.
- Ensure you are sat right back into your chair, your lower back should be supported. If you can’t afford a decent chair, consider an accessory like the lumbar support or the Back friend.
- If you’re using a laptop, use an external keyboard and mouse. This prevents putting tension on the shoulders through excessive reaching and avoids putting undue pressure on your wrists. You should also use a laptop stand to put the screen into a higher position to avoid strain on the neck.
A national survey in April this year by BackCare, the charity for back and neck pain, revealed that half of UK adults had been bothered by back pain in the previous 4 weeks, with this figure largely independent of age, gender, location and occupation.
Jo says “If you were working in an office for someone else, your employer would be legally required to provide you with safe working equipment and regular workstation health assessments. So when you’re your own boss, why should you expect anything less? Many of the people we see on a day to day basis are businesspeople who work from home and have finally realised that hunching over a laptop at the kitchen table is not a healthy way of working for 8 hours a day.”
To always remind you to sit properly, print out and pin up Posture People's comprehensive guide to setting up a healthy workstation as well as the guide to safely using a laptop.