“Making a few minor changes can make a big difference to your physical and mental health,” says Lillian Antonio at The Modern Ergonomist who has seen a rise in neck, shoulder and back complaints from home-workers seeking her help since hybrid working became the norm.
Using her advice on what creates a comfortable home workspace, we at Nolii have found ten products to help prevent aches and burn out:
Elevating computers so the top of the screen sits at, or just below, eye level is crucial to avoid overworking your neck muscles and Moft’s Invisible Laptop Stand boosts your machine’s height to the optimal working positions for sitting or standing.
Wrist and elbow positioning are just as important to maintaining good posture,
so this tiltable external keyboard and mouse from Azio enable you to keep your arms angled at the optimal 90-degree angle.
Human bodies need movement and changing your working position by transitioning to a standing desk like this one from Helves offers an alternative to seated working. It flexibly shelves your computer and accessories at your optimal standing height – definitely more reliable than a pile of books.
While standing, a balance board like Fluidstance’s encourages small movements to keep your muscles working and burns calories as well as providing stability and keeping you alert.
With the dark evenings drawing in, having an adaptable light to work under is key and this minimalist lamp from Humanscale uses what it calls “forever hinges” to make moving the light around your desk effortless.
Often it’s impossible to avoid hours of screen time, so using blue light screen protectors like these from Ocushield prevents eye strain, which can cause headaches and fatigue.
It’s easy to put in extra hours when your home is doubling up as your office, but small things like creating a separate working area and taking a lunch time walk help add structure to the day.
If your work station houses a mass of tangled up chargers, Nolii’s weighted Loop Cable clicks the cable into place to keep it just where you need it and your desk clutter free.
For those partial to a power nap, the Ostrich Pillow blocks out light and provides a cocoon around your head so you can rest comfortably wherever you are.
If you need energising to complete an assignment or a calming moment after a frustrating video call, the Neom Wellbeing Pod creates a fragrant workspace that suits your desired mood.
To maintain good posture, your chair should be set to the right height with your knees at right angles, your spine positioned in its natural “S” shape and your feet firmly on the floor or a foot rest. Herman Miller’s Sayl has a specially-designed back that offers flexibility for moving around, while also providing extra support around the spine.
Putting ideas like these ten products into practice can help protect your posture and wellbeing at work, which, according to The Modern Ergonomist, is key to productivity.
“Time is one of those things we never have enough of, but investing some thought into how you work can make a huge difference to what you get done and your health.”