Work from home with safety in mind
As more hours are being spent working from home, individuals and businesses are being called to invest in a home office setup that meets professional standards. Considerations to health and safety, productivity and home aesthetics all factor when looking closely at remote working environments.
With health professionals reporting a rise in workstation related injuries including back and neck pain, eye strain, headaches and more, it’s clear the transition to remote work creates some pitfalls to navigate. For businesses, the impact of injured, distracted or fatigued workers on productivity is also widely documented and mitigating this risk is an employer’s responsibility.
At the same time, studies are reporting many benefits of working from home such as reduced travel times, flexible hours and increased work/life balance, which makes a great case for continuing fully remote or hybrid models of work.
With informed attention to detail, this new work landscape can open up a world of potential for both individuals and businesses, but only if we manage the possible pitfalls and empower workers to transition to working from home with optimal support.
An ergonomic computer chair can be adjusted to suit the individual and the space they work in.
It can serve as the central focus of a healthy home workspace with other elements being built around the desk chair.
Key considerations when establishing a home workspace for staff
Ergonomic home office chairs
One of the most crucial resources anyone can invest in for their home office setup is an ergonomically designed desk chair. But what makes a chair ‘ergonomic’?
Put simply, ergonomic design places anatomy, physiology and human behaviour at the centre of engineering to create products, systems and environments that support comfort, productivity and safety for the user.
An ergonomic computer chair can be adjusted to suit the individual and the space they work in. It can serve as the central focus of a healthy home workspace with other elements being built around the desk chair.
While specific seating needs will vary for each person, an ergonomic home office chair is usually adjustable in terms of height, depth and tilt, with good lumbar support, seat cushioning and resistance to daily wear and tear.
The Buro Roma Chair’s: Buro Roma 3 Lever High Back and Buro Roma 3 Lever Mid Back are some of our favourite all-round ergonomic, home office chairs that hit the sweet spot between design, price point and durability. Depending on your needs we suggest exploring our guide to find which home office chair is best for you and your staff.
Discover which home office chair suits you in our article Home office chair essentials, which one’s right for you?
Home office equipment and posture
Ensuring that good posture is established between desk, chair and screen height is a core element of ergonomically smart workstation setups.
For those working from laptops, using a laptop raiser and external keyboard allows for a greater range of adjustment to create the ideal ergonomic desk setup. Once workers have access to a great office chair, correct posture is more easily achieved.
In addition to having an ergonomically correct workstation, we suggest that people take regular breaks from sitting, approximately once every 20 minutes and stretch throughout the day.
Check out this guide to correct postural alignment at workstations.
Where to find ergonomic home office equipment
Buro seating has over 25 years experience providing commercial and home office chairs, kneeling stools and ergonomically designed computer chairs across Australasia. Our extensive range has models to suit a broad range of needs and preferences. To find a retailer near you visit our store locator on our Where to buy page.