More than 70% of people have experienced a better work life balance since working from home. With the number of people working from home more than double pre-pandemic levels, market-leading workplace health, wellbeing and ergonomics company Posturite is highlighting the need for a correct and comfortable work setup to boost productivity and general health and wellbeing.
Posturite identified only 48% of people who work from home as having a designated room for working such as a study, home office or garden office. With over 50% of people using areas of a living room, kitchen and bedroom to work in, it is crucial to create an ergonomic workstation to protect the body, maintain focus and ensure maximum comfort when working from home.
One of the most common side effects of working without a well-functioning ergonomic set up is poor posture, which can lead to a range of long-term issues such as poor circulation, a lack of movement and chronic back and neck pain. Furthermore, poor physical health can lead to a decline in mental wellbeing.
Katharine Metters, Lead Consultant in Ergonomics at Posturite, said, “At Posturite we are committed to improving the health, mental wellbeing and productivity of people at work, whether that be in the office or at home.
“Working from home should be as well set up and comfortable as working in an office and standard home furniture, such as a sofa or dining chair, is not designed to support the body in a suitable position for inputting into a computer. Setting your home office up in an ergonomic way is vital to your effectiveness and to limit the risk of aches, pains and injuries.”
Lucy Fairbanks, DSE Assessor at Posturite added, “Ergonomics when working from home isn’t just about ensuring that your equipment is supporting you in the correct way, but it is also important you take frequent screen breaks, plus move or stretch out your body regularly.