Before discussing the importance of “remote presence” and managing one’s career while working from home, we want to start with the very basics: making your office work for you. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, the amount of Americans working from home skyrocketed to above 60%. Many people set up cheap gimmicks to make their home offices work: propped up boxes on dressers for standing desks… kitchen chairs at the desk… sharing the kitchen counter with your roommate or partner… working from bed… sound familiar?
WFH is here to stay and if you want to excel as an employee – it’s time to properly invest in your workspace. At your desk, take 30 seconds to do a quick home office audit.
Stand up, step back, and take a look at your setup with these questions in mind.
- Can you stand while working?
- Is your chair comfortable, supportive, and built for working?
- Is your computer screen at the ideal hight?
- Are you getting enough light?
WFH Bootcamp Task
Take 30 seconds to evaluate your home office.
Write down the items that you would like to improve.
Take the next step and invest in the WFH products this week that will allow you to work better.
Don’t settle for a sub-par setup to do your life’s work.
We will focus on three product areas today that directly impact ergonomics and productivity – your desk, chair, monitor. In the next email, we will discuss the often overlooked importance of lighting as well.
Your WFH Setup: The Three Key Products
The most critical products to improve your home are a standing desk, a comfortable chair, and a monitor. These products have proven to radically increase ergonomics (defined as efficiency in your working environment).
1. Standing Desk
A 2011 study called “Take-A-Stand” surveyed workers who were provided standing desks over a two month period. Participants reduced time spent sitting by 224% (66 minutes per day). Reducing time sitting led to participant feeling more comfortable, healthier, focused, and productive.
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1b. Standing Desk Converter
If you already have a desk that you love, a standing desk converter allows you to realize the benefits of a standing desk.
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2. Comfortable & Supportive Chair
Even with a great standing desk, you will spend a good portion of your workday sitting. A comfortable and supportive chair will allow you to maximize your energy, focus, and productivity while sitting at your desk.
On average, Americans sit almost 10 hours each day. That is over 40% of your day and adds up to over 150 days out of the year! The majority of that time is spent at your office desk. Investing in a great chair is an investment in your health and your WFH future. If you are currently using a sub-par chair to do your life’s work – it is time to upgrade.
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3. External Monitor
In a recent survey by Kermit Davis, Ph.D., an expert in office ergonomics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 75% of at-home workers reported hunching over laptops. This can add up to 10 pounds of pressure on your neck and upper back for every inch you dip forward. To avoid this incredible strain on your neck and back, connect your laptop to an external monitor and adjust your screen to a proper height. The recommended height is slightly below your sight line, tilted up 10 to 20 degrees, and about 2 feet from your face.
Take the time to evaluate your home office and see what you’re missing. Make the investments in your home office so that you can do your life’s work more productively.