This is Bob. He is here to show you the pitfalls and solutions of working on your laptop at home.
“Bob” has been told he is now working from home with a laptop. Welcome to the Home Workers world of pain and discomfort with your head tilted forward, shoulders hunched, screen possibly too close and definitely too low. The impact on your body is possible back and neck ache, headaches and eye strain.

What can you do about it the eye strain?
Check with family and friends to see if you can get/borrow a separate keyboard and mouse, (if not we checked on line and the cheapest we could find was £5.98) this will enable you to move the screen away and create a marginally better set up to help reduce eye strain, but your head is still tilted forward so possible back and neck ache and headaches as screen is still too low.

How do you tackle your monitor height?
You can only do this if you have a separate keyboard and mouse. Firstly experiment with the monitor height. This can be done with paper, magazines etc, find the ideal height for you. The aim is to get your head upright and therefore balanced to avoid tilting the head forward.
Once you identify the right height then make a laptop stand using a cardboard box, blocks or bricks, or an adjustable laptop stand. Your head is now in balance and you have some distance between you and the screen hopefully. This will assist you in creating a more comfortable and healthier working set up and help you avoid the aches and pains.
Why do you need your head to be balanced? 
Bending your head to look at your work on your laptop or phone can put significant pressure on your spine! Your head weighs, on average, 10 pounds when in a neutral position.It’s estimated that for every inch forward that you crane your neck, an additional 10 pounds of pressure is being applied to your spine.That adds up fast and can harm your spine in a number of ways, including neck pain, hunched shoulders and headaches.

This solves Bob’s problems with his laptop, but what about his chair? Four-legged dining chairs, height of your dining table, height of your chair and layout of your equipment at home may not be designed for long term use. Is it worth considering investing in a height adjustable desk, ergonomic task chair, monitor arms or any other ergonomic accessories – you lose nothing by identifying what is available, whether it ends up being a cardboard box or a gas assisted monitor arm, they may both assist in helping you avoid the aches and pains which can result from a poor uncomfortable working set up

Not 100% sure whether you are getting the best out of your existing set up or would like to identify what you can do, then give me a call (Phil – 01483 600085) to discuss what can be done. You can also find out more about our FREE workstation email assessments on our website. You can also go to our website to download our FREE guide to working from home.

Please don’t suffer in silence when we can help you.

Download our ‘Guide to working from home’ or email Phil for a copy and information on our Email workstation Assessments