The Bottom Line: Working from Home: Worker Tips

Blake McGowan, Director of Research

Many workers were not prepared to work from home when they were suddenly directed to do so due to COVID-19. Michelle Robertson and Kathleen Mosier, representing the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and in conjunction with the International Labour Organization (ILO), provide tips for workers to help them feel supported, productive, effective, and safe. Certified ergonomist Blake McGowan explains.

Working from Home Tips

  • Establish a routine for work and personal activities.
  • Adopt healthy work-from-home habits.
  • Use wearable devices to schedule reminders to move, walk, and change work postures.
  • Incorporate standing positions throughout the work day.
  • Take an online ergonomics training course to learn how to properly set up and adjust your workstation.
  • Rotate among the four recommended working postures.
  • Install proper overhead and task lighting.
  • Use a headset or noise-canceling headphones to control external noise.

Visit the Your Work From Home ToolBox for more tips.

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Resources: References: Michelle M. Robertson & Kathleen Mosier. Work from home: Human factors/ergonomics considerations for teleworking. 20 April 2020. International Labour Organization (ILO).

EHS Best Practices, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics