Planning is essential when setting up home office
When helping an employee create a home office, keep a few important issues in mind.
Companies should develop a checklist that covers the following topics:
- Workstation use. How will the workstation be used and will only one person be using it?
- Computer use. What type of computer will be used with the workstation? Although laptops are convenient, they require a different arrangement than desktop computers. Employees should be provided with a desktop model or an external monitor or keyboard for their laptop if they will be spending much of their day working on the computer.
- Chair adjustability. Provide employees with an adjustable chair and teach them how to operate it. The chair should have good back support and allow the feet to be placed flat on the ground.
- Item placement. Frequently used items, such as the telephone, should be placed closest to the body.
- Elbow angle and posture. The workstation should allow the individual to maintain an elbow angle that is at or greater than 90 degrees to avoid nerve compression. Provide training on proper posture and the importance of taking breaks.
July 6, 2009
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