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Avoiding back and neck pain when working at home

Hi everyone,

A colleague recently sent some guidance round about good posture when working at computer screens.  The majority of my organisation is now working from home since the Coronavirus outbreak and I noticed a line in the guidance about our eyes  needing to be same height as the top of our computer screens.

Taken from https://www.walkleychiro.com.au/posture-work-injury/

That can be tough with a small laptop if you don’t want ongoing neck pain so I decided to shared some solutions I’ve found.

I’ve worked remotely from home for a few years before joining YHA and have found an adjustable laptop stand useful. I’ve found my Lavolta ergonomic adjustable laptop stand good.

It can be easily adjusted and a very tall colleague of mine used to use it on top of his desk to work standing up.

I sometimes move mine to the lounge so I can sit on the floor + it also works a treat.

I also find that using a wireless mouse and keyboard with my laptop really helps to make it more comfortable

Logitech MK270 Wireless keyboard and mouse is an affordable example – other models available

Here’s how it all looks at home for me in case you can’t picture it. I used to get neck and back pain all the time after working on my laptop at home for long stretches but since using this set up and a decent kneeling stool I hardly ever do now.

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Many people are working from home while juggling parenting or caring duties, so now have to work flexibly. A few years ago I wrote about software Tools that make flexible working easy when I was part of a permanently remote team. 

This blog is also interesting about the experience of people with ADHD working from home.

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Avoiding back and neck pain when working at home