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Small Business IT: Reposition Yourself for Remote Productivity

Because the pandemic has made it hard for us to work inside offices, many companies are turning toward remote work. Instead of focusing on technology today, we’re going to take a look at how you and your employees can stay safe. Let’s look at the ergonomics of remote work.

What is Ergonomics?

Ergonomics might seem like a major buzzword with no meaning, ergonomics has been a philosophy to help your employees for quite some time. Ergonomics is the study of productivity in the workplace. This study should tie in to how your employees will be working while they are at home and if they will be more distracted than they would if they were inside your workplace.

The home usually isn’t set up in the same way as the office is. Even if there is more opportunity for distraction, it can still be possible for your employees to do amazing work at home.

Basic Ergonomic Best Practices

Here is one practice that your team can take to make sure they are keeping focused while at work.

Good posture:

  • Your head should be held straight up and supported by your neck.
  • Your back should be well-supported by your chair.
  • Your shoulders should be relaxed and not tense.
  • Your wrists should be held straight, not held at an uncomfortable angle.
  • Your limbs should either be held straight or should be bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Your thighs should be resting parallel to the floor.
  • Your monitor should be at your eye level or just slightly below it.

This might be a little more difficult at home than it would be in the office but a little bit of improvisation can fix this.

Making It Work

These are just a few little adjustments that can make your employees a lot more comfortable at home while they work. Here are a few others.

They can adjust the height of their monitor by using books or boxes to raise it up. If they’re using a laptop, encourage them to add on a mouse and keyboard to make their work practicable. Have them adjust the height of their chairs, add pillows to their seat or as a backrest, or otherwise adjust their space.

It is highly important that your employees take care of themselves while they are working because they are an asset to your team. If your team needs any help with the ergonomics of remote work, MyTek can help. Give us a call at 623-312-2444.

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