Eight tips for a good workplace at home
If the kitchen table is the only surface available, be sure to sit properly with a backrest. Putting a pillow in the lumbar region as extra support can be a way to help the back. If the usual chair is too low, sit on a pillow. The forearms should be able to rest on the table without the shoulders being pulled up.
Look around at home, are there other, less obvious places to work or vary your posture? A shelf or chest of drawers can, for example, work excellently as a standing table. Feel free to work in several different places in the home.
Regard the light
Make sure you have good light. Perhaps you can use a floor lamp that you can move around. Be careful to avoid glare or flicker. Daylight is also a good contribution to your workplace. If possible, plan your stay-at-home-desk so you have the opportunity to look out the window sometimes.
Avoid shoulder pain and ”vulture neck”
Find ways to place the computer at a good height for the eyes. Having the laptop in your knee is not ideal for the neck.
Change position often
Remember not to sit statically for several hours. Do not stay in the same place when it's time for digital meetings. Get up during group meetings, or sit on the couch for a while. The most important thing is variety and changing body position often.
Rest your eyes
If you spend a lot of time at the computer, make sure to rest your eyes sometimes. Look out the window or change direction, pause your eyes for a few minutes.
Offer distance coffee
Add regular digital coffee breaks with a colleague or workgroup to check in on each other, and see how you all are doing.
Make a dance break
Be sure to get up and move every hour for better blood circulation in joints and muscles. An easy way to fit in some everyday exercise in your workday, is to take a break and sit/rise from your chair 10 times – or maybe take a dance break to your favourite song? If you have a phone call planned, try to do it while going for a short walk.