Ergonomics When Working Remotely
Working from home?
Whether your home setup is ideal or not, there are some steps you can take to avoid discomfort and ergonomic injury.
- Neutral posture is important Proper sitting positions at workstation
- Don’t bend over your laptop for long periods.
- Connect your laptop to a second monitor or use a second keyboard and mouse, or both. It’s impossible to be ergonomically neutral with only a laptop.
- Sit up straight.
- Keep your elbows at side, keep shoulders relaxed.
- Use a decent chair. Adjustability and fit are key. Chair Criteria and Chair Adjustments
- Take frequent stretch breaks
- 10 to 30 second stretch break every 30 minutes.
- Stretch muscles that feel sore.
- Get up and walk around every hour or so.
- Sign-up for an online ergonomic self-assessment Ergonomic Evaluation Requests
- Visit the NC State Ergonomics Webpage for more information
- Additional Safety tips for working from home from NC Office of State Human Resources
- For those with younger family members at home