If telecommuting allows you to work from home, here are a few tips that may help you feel better and stay productive.

Let’s start with ergonomics. Awkward postures, using excessive force to key, and keying for long periods of time without a break can create pain. But if you commit to few preventative measures, you can work safely from home. When using your computer, remember to:

  • Keep your neck in an upright position so the computer screen is at or slightly below eye level.
  • Keep your elbows at the side of your body and at a right angle to the keyboard.
  • Keep your hands wrists in a straight line with your arms, not tipped up or down.
  • Position your screen so there is no glare to cause eye strain

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Performing simple stretches throughout the day for fingers, hand, wrist, arm, shoulders and neck can help avoid problems. Before you begin keying, stretch these parts of your body so they are ready to perform for you. Don’t forget about your back. It will need warming up and stretching also. Below is a guide with some stretches you can do right at your desk.

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Set a designated work area. This may seem unimportant, but it could help your days be more productive. Make sure your workspace functions efficiently for you and your work style. Think about the safety of your workspace. Positioning yourself to be ergonomically comfortable, avoiding glare on your computer screen and good posture are all very important.

Take breaks when needed. Like we said earlier, properly positioning yourself is very important. When you have been in the same position for a while, stretch your fingers, arms, shoulders and neck. Stand up to do a few more stretches. This will feel good and it will also re-energize you. Just be careful of distractions. You may need to set a timer.

Dress for success. The way you dress has been proven to affect you psychologically. Dress in a way that you are comfortable and feel like you are working, even when telecommuting. Also, be aware that what you wear on your feet could cause you to slip and fall. Choose shoes or slippers that give you good footing on your floors and steps.