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Top tips for working at home

The recent lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic means that those of us who can must work from home. This is a whole new way of working for many of us.

The tips below will help you be successful, productive and stay on top of your workload.

Setting up your new work area

  • Find somewhere suitable to work, preferably away from the TV. Bedrooms are not really suitable for working.
  • You should ideally work from a suitable table, such as a dining room table, and be seated in a chair which affords you an appropriate level of comfort.
  • Use a separate keyboard and mouse when using a laptop for prolonged periods of time and a laptop stand to raise the screen to eye level.
  • The workstation should be in an area that is warm and quiet with good lighting and ventilation.
  • Be aware of potential trip hazards caused by trailing computer leads, especially if you have young children, and make sure that you manage any risks.

Minimise distraction

  • You will work better when you are focused on one thing.
  • Move your phone out of the way and avoid excessive time spent on social media.
  • Use the morning to get the big jobs completed first.

Look after yourself

  • Avoid sitting still in the same position for long periods of time. It is not good for your posture or concentration.
  • Every 25 minutes or so get up and have a stretch, breathe or go outside and get some fresh air, which is vital for physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • Remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Do not forget to take a proper lunch break, ideally away from your workstation. You will work better if you are well nourished and hydrated.

Have you completed your working from home assessment?

If you are working at home you should fill in a working from home assessment as soon as possible. This is to help to minimise any risks that may occur in your new work environment. Completed work assessments must be returned to your line manager.

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