Are you working at home during Covid and are starting to experience pain in your back, neck, arms or hips? As time goes by, more and more people are starting to experience pain after working in awkward postures for months and months. With our home office ergonomic consultations, we commonly see employees working all over the house.
Many people are working in awkward postures all over their house. They are working in ways that create a high risk of discomfort, which can lead to injury if sustained over time.
The Top Ways You Should Not Work At Home if You Want to Feel Great
#1. Sitting on a sofa with a laptop working from 8-12 hours a day with no back support, all while looking down at a laptop
#2. Working from a chair that is either too low or too high that creates “contact stress” on the soft tissue of the wrist
#3. Leaning in too close to see a laptop monitor or a desktop monitor, creating neck and hand awkward postures.
#4. Sitting with no back support 8-12 hours a day, often because the chair is too big or too small, not comfortable, or can’t be adjusted to move into the desk properly
#5. Sitting on a stool at the kitchen counter with no back support, while working on a laptop
#6. Sitting on a hard kitchen chair and kitchen table for 8-12 hours a day
Many people all over the U.S. are sitting like this. Hard kitchen chairs were meant to sit in for 1 hour while eating, not 8-12 hours a day while typing.
#7. Working from bed creates awkward postures of the back, shoulders, neck and hands
This is an example of healthy postures for working 8-12 hours a day. It is impossible to work like this from a bed, a sofa or a hard kitchen chair.
From a safety risk prevention standpoint, MSD injury with office work occurs as a result of sitting in awkward posture all day with repetition, which over time creates discomfort, which leads to injury. This can occur from improper posture, products that are not the right size, or a lack of products.
It is the best idea to create a dedicated work station and to avoid working in the following areas.
- Kitchen table with their hard kitchen chair
- Bed (This is quite common)
- A chair the employee bought online (often it is too big, too small, or creates additional pain)
- From a home office desk (not one designed to work at all day)
- A fold-up chair or table
- Barstool at the kitchen counter
- The floor
- Patio chair
- Sharing a “home office” desk where bills are paid with a spouse
- Some have an office, but often it hasn’t been set up to properly work all-day
If you are sitting on the couch using your laptop with your neck leaning down all day, your neck will likely start hurting. If you do this for months, that pain can turn into an injury.
These work settings put the employee in awkward postures, which if done every day leads to discomfort and injury. Companies have a choice to either ignore or address this with a solution.