Whilst lockdown is starting to ease, many of you will be continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future, using a laptop instead of your office desktop computer. Laptops allow us to work more flexibly, however, those features that make them portable also make it difficult for you to adopt the correct posture. We thought these practical tips below could help both your well-being and productivity.
Tips for Laptop Users
- Use an external keyboard and mouse – easy to connect and allowing your laptop to be at eye level on a stand
- For enhanced comfort and productivity, use an external, height-adjustable screen
- Avoid working on the sofa as this inevitably leads to a slumped posture
- For video conferencing and calls, use a high quality headset
- Take regular breaks. If you’re moving, there’s a lot less stress on your muscles and joints and your eyes will also appreciate looking at something other than a screen
- Schedule a break between online meetings or calls
For more information, have a look at the NHS website that includes a video with some useful exercises
A 2018 British Medical Journal study suggests that there are multiple benefits of standing rather than sitting at your desk, including reduced tiredness and increased productivity. You can read more in this article from the Independent newspaper.
A sit-stand workstation can be attached to a desk or wall
mounted. We recently ordered a wall mounted option from Tripp Lite (above) for our home office. This seems like an excellent solution for working from home and maintaining a good posture. We’ll update you once we have test driven it!