We are seeing far too many people that have understandably bought desks and chairs off the internet as a quick fix during the Covid crisis, but unfortunately many of these products have not been suitable for them or the work that they are doing which has resulted in people more experiencing aches and pains.
There are many factors to consider to make your home office workspace as comfortable as possible.
We can help with FREE EXPERT advice either in our Covid-Secure showroom or remotely over the phone or internet.
I really like the personal service especially in lockdown when Phil went the extra mile to get me a chair in March when the supply chain was disrupted. You are an example of a local company that really cares. – James Stringer
Did you know that a standard dining table height is between 76cm-79cm high and higher, but your office desk would have probably been between 72-74cm high. What is the impact of height difference when working? It may not seem like a big difference, but it is enough to cause you discomfort and pain. What implications does is have on your body?
If your desk is too high, most likely you’ll overwork your shoulder and arm muscles. In particular, when your shoulder muscles are contracted all day long which can result in upper back, neck, shoulder and arm discomfort, could also result in headaches – todays aches and pains could be tomorrows long term discomfort, so what can you do about it?
Speak to us or download our Guide to working in a healthier way at home. There are a number of possible solutions to reduce the long-term risks
If you look at any guidelines for an office/task chair “The most common chair in the office today is the simple task chair, with rollers or wheels on the bottom, so firstly a four legged chair does not allow you to move in and out from the table easily, either position change will require you to lean forward to lift the chair to move it, which is fine on odd occasions but when happening regularly during a working day? Again, what are the implications on your body?
This will put pressure on your lower back and legs every time that you move in and out from the table. Specialist Back Clinic suggests “When standing up from a sitting position, move to the front of the seat of your chair. Stand up by straightening your legs. Avoid bending forward at your waist” none of which is possible if you have pulled yourself into the table to work. You put pressure on your lower back every time you move the chair in and out from the table which can result in long term lower back discomfort, so what can you do about it?
The height of the chair and dining table is fine when you are eating a meal, but when you are working on your laptop or separate keyboard are you at the right height?
You will probably find that your wrists are higher than elbows which means that you are putting a stain on your wrists, shoulders and neck which will then lead to
Many of us have sat in the office and dreamed of being able to work from our bed or sofa, but what is the impact of working from our laptops lying down? Either option is an absolute NO, laying on the bed with your laptop on your legs or to the side will result in head tilting forwards and twisting of the upper back and neck, sitting on the sofa with the laptop on your lap, on the arm of the sofa or on a coffee table in front of you – all will result in your head tilting forwards causing stress/strain in the upper back and neck, arms of the sofa will result in you twisting your upper back and neck, laptop on the coffee table will result in you leaning forward and extending your arms – None of them offer a sensible solution if you are planning on working for any length of time and all of them offer stress/strain on various parts of the body.
Speak to us – there will be things you can do to make a four-legged chair more comfortable but also consider the options, as longer term a four-legged chair is not a healthy solution for all day working!
Many of us may have used laptops in the past but may find that we are now using them all day, if you are using your laptop without any accessories, you will be hunched over the keyboard, the screen will be too low and too close, your head will be tilting forwards so you will be running the risk of discomfort in the upper back, neck, shoulders, wrists etc and this risk can be easily reduced with very little cost.
Many of us have had no option but to utilise existing furniture or we have purchased a quick fix solution, within a week we have already spoken to some people who are questioning their purchases, desk that are the wrong height, chairs that do not offer any support and many that are now working on a Laptop all day, be aware that there will be thing s that you can do to improve the overall working set up – Our Advice is free.
Are you offering your staff a home working financial package or advice/guidance scheme?
It is essential that employers and employees review their home working policies and guidelines to ensure that however staff are working at home everyone is aware of the potential risks and aware of what they can do to address potential problem areas; reduced risks will result in improved comfort, which will result in healthier/happier staff leading to improved productivity.
How can we help you and your employees?
We will carry out free workstation assessments either in our Covid-Safe showroom, over the phone or by email once we have received photos of their current set up. We will discuss any problems they are experiencing and advise what they need to do to improve their workstation. We will work with you as the company according to any package or budget you have put in place to support your staff.
Do you need help with making your Office Covid-Safe?
We are partnered with Actiu to help you understand the impact that COVID-19 will have on the new working environment and we are looking to assist any companies that are looking for guidance/advice in creating office environments to cater for staff returning to work, we can also offer guidance and advice for businesses that will continue to have staff working flexibly between the Office and their Home Office.
As businesses look to return towards the end of this year or sometime in 2021 to a functioning office environment, many are looking at substantially reduced occupancy, we can suggest options for consideration and offer advice on re-planning your working environments to provide a safe environment with suitable protective measures put in place
How can we help – If you can provide a plan showing your current office layout, in conjunction with Actiu we will prepare amended layouts showing revised occupancy or where needed we will show you how you can revise the layout to maintain a Covid safe environment
“Great advice and support in getting our office COVID-19 ready. I want to write and thank Phil for his advice and guidance in ensuring our office met the COVID-19 requirements. We have an open plan office and boardroom which had to be adjusted to ensure the safe return of our staff to the workplace. Phil looked at the various desk configurations and guided us through the options available which included a range of free standing, add on to existing screens, or clamp on together with differing heights to provide maximum protection. Once we discussed our requirements, the order was despatched within a 3 week turnaround and expertly fitted by his team. A great job, thank you!” – Sarah Busby, TWCOG.
We really are here to help you at a time when we are all struggling with this new life.