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Home Office Design Tips: Ergonomics for Remote Workers

In This Blog, You’ll Discover:

  • Importance of Ergonomic Office Equipment
  • Proper Office Lighting and Ambiance
    Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.
  • How to Prevent Workplace Injury
  • The Benefits of Ergonomics Assessments

Home Office Design Tips: Ergonomics for Remote Workers

A recent survey conducted by Upwork predicts 36 million workers (22% of Americans) will be working remotely by the year 2025. This is an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.

As remote work becomes increasingly common, the importance of an ergonomic home office setup cannot be overstated. At Solutions Northwest Inc., our experts specialize in ergonomics assessments that ensure a worker’s home office is not just functional but also promotes health and productivity. In this blog, we’ve gathered some advice from our ergonomics experts on the latest trends and tools in home office ergonomics, designed to help create a workspace that is both comfortable and efficient for remote workers.

Ergonomic Office Equipment –

Each home office space is unique, and a professional ergonomics assessment will best determine the best desk setup for your needs.

However, here are a few basic tips regarding ergonomic office furniture:

  • Ergonomic Chair – One of the most critical components of any office, whether a home office or in a traditional setting, is the chair. Prolonged sitting in an improper chair can lead to severe spinal strain and increase the risk of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and blood clots.

    When choosing an ergonomic chair, look for features like a supportive backrest that covers from the lower back to the shoulders, adjustable armrests and seat height, and lumbar support. Investing in a high-quality ergonomic chair can significantly improve your comfort and reduce the risk of long-term health problems.

  • Ergonomic Desk – Your desk should be spacious enough to accommodate all necessary equipment, such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, and more. Key features to consider would be adequate leg clearance between the desk and chair and desk height that allows the monitor to be placed at eye level, whether sitting or standing.
  • Monitor – Proper monitor placement is essential to avoid neck strain and discomfort. Learn how to set up your monitor the “ergonomic way” with the following tips. First, place the main monitor directly in front of you, about an arm’s length (18-24 inches) away. Next, ensure the top of the monitor screen is at eye level to prevent the need for tilting your head up or down.

    You may also want to consider using dual monitors, which can also enhance productivity by allowing you to separate tasks and reduce the need for constant switching between applications.

  • Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard – Many remote workers rely on laptops, but using a laptop’s built-in keyboard and mouse for extended periods can cause strain. Consider investing in ergonomic peripherals such as an ergonomic mouse and keyboard to improve comfort and prevent repetitive strain injuries.
  • Ergonomic Computer Glasses – Did you know there are glasses specifically made for computer workers? These glasses look just like regular glasses, but they use blue-light blocking technology to reduce headaches, eyestrain, and neck pain.

These are just a few of the ergonomic tools available to remote workers. If you or your employees are working remotely, it is vital to invest the ergonomic design of every office, as it will improve employee well-being and productivity. As mentioned before, we highly recommend an ergonomic assessment be done by a professional. In fact, there are even virtual ergonomics assessment, which can be done via video conference and may be preferred by remote workers.

Proper Office Lighting and Ambiance

Outside of furniture, proper lighting is crucial for reducing eye strain and creating a pleasant work environment. If you can work near a window, that’s a great place for a desk – it will provide natural light and take full advantage of the perks of working from home.

Additionally, consider adding plants and decorations that you love to your workspace. Plants can improve mood, reduce stress, and provide cleaner indoor air, enhancing overall well-being.

While one may be hesitant to fully decorate their office space, when working from home, you’re free to decorate as you please and should take advantage of this perk.

Related article: “Set the Mood with The Right Office Lighting

Preventing Workplace Injury when Working from Home

When working from home it may be easy to forget about common “workplace injuries,” however the home office is rife with potential hazards.

Knee pain is a common issue for remote workers, often caused by poor posture or prolonged sitting. To prevent knee pain, ensure your chair supports a 90-degree angle at your knees.  Be sure to take regular breaks to move around and stretch – you’re home so feel free to go for a quick walk around the neighborhood to reset physically and mentally.

Back pain is another significant issue for those working from home. Key strategies to prevent back pain include using an adjustable office chair to maintain the natural curvature of your spine. We recommend investing in an ergonomic sit-stand desk to balance the time spent sitting with standing.

Related article: “Sitting vs Standing at Your Desk

Ergonomics Assessments: The Key to a Healthy Home Office

Creating an ergonomic home office is an investment in employee health and productivity. By following these tips and considering a professional ergonomics assessment, anyone can transform a home office into a comfortable and efficient environment.

Ensure your home office is ergonomically sound with a professional ergonomics assessment – at Solutions Northwest Inc., we offer both in-person and virtual ergonomics assessments. Our experts will evaluate your workspace and provide tailored recommendations to optimize your home office setup.

Visit our website or contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you create a safer, more productive work environment for your team.

About Solutions Northwest Inc.

For a quarter of a century, Solutions Northwest Inc. has championed the cause of ergonomic excellence in Seattle, Portland, and Olympia, WA – assisting countless businesses in creating healthier and more productive workplaces.

Not based in the Pacific Northwest or need help with remote workers? Consider our Virtual Ergonomics Assessment available nationwide, a solution is always within reach.

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