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Look after your back when working from home!


Stephen Brown

Although blessed with a home office, the best place for 'Zoom Quality WiFi' in our house is a spot on the sofa, which is also favoured by our cat Tiggy!

After several battles with Tiggy to win the best seat in the house (Tiggy usually wins by appearing cute when asleep), I soon realised that being hunched over on a low, soft sofa was hurting my lower back.

A recent CBI presentation suggested that we are likely to be working remotely where possible for the next 6 to 12 months and with stories of makeshift desks covering everything from an ironing board to a surfboard, lots of kitchen tops and dining tables, plenty of sofas or the floor, where we choose to work may impact our posture and in turn begin to affect our back health. 

If you are a fellow back pain sufferer, read my previous blog "Overcoming Back Pain in Your Business"

Otherwise take good care of how you are sat and follow these key principals:

  • Invest in an ergonomic chair, our remote workers have taken their office chair home.
  • If you don't have space for an ergonomic chair make sure your chair is set to the correct height.
  • Sit facing your screen.
  • Make sure your screen is set to the right height (eyebrows level with the top of your screen).
  • Consider adding a separate keyboard and independent mouse to your laptop.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of water (this usually helps me take the breaks I need!)
  • Stand up and stretch or for watching webinars, position your screen at standing eye level.
  • If you work standing up, I find a cushioned mat (such as a yoga mat) helps to relieve sore feet.
From Steve, Tiggy and all at Euro Projects Recruitment, Happy Home Working!
Euro Projects Recruitment Ltd. 
Supporting you and your business until you are ready to recruit again.