The Pandemic of Work-From-Home Injuries November 30 2020
Why-Work-Home Injuries Are Increasing
Doctors are seeing a rise in work-from-home injuries since people have started working from home. According to experts, back and neck pain along with other musculoskeletal pains have become common. The main reason for these problems is that people thought they had to work only a couple of weeks from home. As a result, they started to work in less than ideal workstations and have continued to do so.
In the beginning, people felt a mild discomfort, but this pain sharpened gradually. Since many schools and colleges have implemented remote learning, this problem is getting even worse. The primary factor causing these issues is poor posture. People love to sit in chairs and sofas while working but neither of these will help you maintain good posture. Issues begin when you find yourself having to look down at your laptop, sitting hunched over or typing in a position that causes pain on a daily basis.
While these awful postures are causing us trouble, the change in our way of working is also one of the culprits. When we work from home, we don't need to go down the hall for a meeting, to the cafeteria for having a meal, or walk through the office for a simple task like getting a printout. Lack of movement also plays a major role.
Work-from-Home Injuries – Top Tips to Avoid Them
Many employees who continue to work from home don't have a proper workstation. Working on an ergonomic workstation is the best way to avoid injuries. It’s important to create a workspace to stay healthy and productive. Ergo Works can help you build an ergonomic workstation affordably. You can pick WHF (work-from-home) essentials from our wide range of products to make your own comfortable ergonomic workstation at home. In the meantime, here are a few simple tips you can do to avoid injury.
- Hold your phone or tablet ergonomically. The G-Hold Work from Home Kit allows you to align yourself for good health. This affordable and incredibly useful kit is a life saver and provides a solution to holding devices ergonomically. We also carry the G-Hold Phone Holder & Stand.
- Invest in a desk or converter where you can adjust the height to avoid strain.
- Keep your monitor about 20 inches away from your face. Make sure the laptop screen is at your eye level.
- Keep your shoulder and back straight while separating the back of your knees by a few inches from the chair.
- Follow the 20/20/20 rule. This means, after every 20 minutes, look away from the screen for 20 seconds at an object that’s 20 feet away.
Stand and Move
While you are working, whether at home or in the office, you need to move your body. Sitting the entire day in the same posture can lead to various health risks. Moving is important to keep yourself fit and healthy.
So, try to stand for a few minutes or go for a walk after every hour. This gives your body time to relax and lowers the risk of weight gain. Moreover, doing other activities while you are working also improves your productivity. It gives your mind time to relax, so when you get back to work, you have a fresh mind to be creative.
Work-from-home injuries are as dangerous as any other health problem. Poor posture and a lack of an ergonomic workstation can injure your body and cause permanent damage and long-term pain. If you need one-on-one advice for creating an ergonomic workstation, our experts are more than happy to help. We offer remote workstation evaluations from the comfort and safety of your home.