We here at Goldtouch have written a lot about just how damaging carpal tunnel syndrome and other Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) can be. This is true not just for individual workers, but also for the companies bottom line. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, carpal tunnel in just one worker can cost upwards of $30,000 to treat in their lifetime. That’s not even considering the cost of lost productivity and absentee days.
However, often in these discussions the go-to visualization is of a traditional office space, with cubicles and rolling desk chair aplenty. But so much productivity today happens in a work from home setup. This is true whether you work for yourself or for a corporation that allows you to telecommute at least some percentage of the time. While doing so may be convenient, the research indicates that working from home can result in medical bills that are up to 60% higher than your in-office counterparts, especially when it comes to your back.
Still, with so many great benefits, ergonomics shouldn’t drive you away from working at home.
Instead, we highly recommend giving this excellent CNN article, Take the Pain Out of Work, a read, as it lists a number of excellent strategies for staying productive and healthy while in your own abode. Chief among them: check with your HR department to see if they’ll reimburse you for any purchases. This may seem like a longshot, but in many cases they’ll feel bound to do so, lest OSHA deem them negligent later down the line. New purchases should include not only ergonomic desks and chairs but also ergonomic accessories like keyboards and laptop and tablet stands to bring your screens to an optimal height. If you work for yourself, make sure to track the cost of your purchases as you can likely write them off during tax season.
And of course, just like in the office, you’ll be doing yourself a big favor if you stop at regular intervals throughout the day to stretch and move.
This was but a brief summary of all the CNN article has to offer, so we highly recommend giving it a read.
How do you maintain comfort while working from home? Let us know in the comments below.