The seismic shift to working from home, or “remote working”, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 danger was as rapid as it was life-changing for many businesses and is likely to stay with us indefinitely and even permanently.
About half of U.S. employees worked from home during the COVID-19 shutdowns, according to the Brookings Institution. And many companies plan to continue allowing much of their staff to work remotely for the long term, even after a vaccine is available and the health crisis is over.
If the future of working from home is more than a social distancing measure to tackle the COVID-19 virus, it is important to think about the long term suitability of your home office or workspace. The ergonomics of working from home are extremely important. Sitting in front of a computer for hours can result in headaches, neck, shoulder and low back pain and many other conditions.
Good ergonomics could be the difference between a healthy, happy and productive tenure of working from home and a variety of nasty health problems, and injuries that could stay with you for a long time.
The Library will present an informative program entitled “Home Office Ergonomics: Creating a Healthy Workstation” on the evening of Thursday July 30 at 7pm.
Presented via Zoom, Lori Lucas, PT, DPT Work Strategies Coordinator and center manager of Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Phillipsburg will share tips on proper workstation ergonomics and basic stretches you can do intermittently to relieve postural stresses on the strained tissues. Lori specializes in the prevention and treatment of workplace injuries.
You will learn how to make your home office setup safer and more comfortable in this virtual event.
This program is open to all. Registration is required and can be done here https://bccls.libcal.com/event/6868270
Registered attendees will receive information on how to connect to the Zoom chat room the day before the event.
Here are other Library resources to help you with different aspects of your home office and help make your work from home experience efficient and productive:
PC Mag is also available via the RB Digital magazine collection.
Consumer Reports articles that will help with home office setups:
- Optimize Your Work from Home Setup reviews some equipment that will help you do so.
- Evaluation of Free Conferencing Apps
- 3 Quick Home Office Wifi Fixes offers tips on how to improve WiFi connection for the home.
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
The classic guide to working from home and why we should embrace a virtual office. Fried and Hansson, the founders of Basecamp, bring new insight to the hotly debated argument. While providing a complete overview of remote work’s challenges, they persuasively argue that, often, the advantages of working “off-site” far outweigh the drawbacks.
Work From Home Productivity by Leonard Monroe
Discover how to stay productive working from home and develop your mind for success.
Learn: How to create accountability and stakes to motivate yourself to work. How to tackle tasks and structure your workflow for maximum productivity. How to introduce positive habits that keep you happy, healthy, and focused. How to create a perfect home office and more.
Work From Home Productivity by Elvis Newton
Topics covered: 5 Tips for Avoiding Procrastination, How to Create a Highly Productive Work Environment in Your Home Office,How to Create a Strict Routine When Working From Home, How to Deal With Loneliness and Social Isolation When You Work From Home, How to Deal With Small Tasks and Prevent Overwhelm, How to Enter and Stay in a Flow State When Working From Home, The Perfect Morning Routine for a Productive Working Day,and The Top Tools and Apps for Getting More Work Done From Home.
- Work From Home: Classical Music For Peace & Calm
- Work From Home: Classical Music For Focus & Concentration
- Work From Home: Classical Music For Productivity
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian