The global climate has forced employees to work differently. From juggling childcare to following quarantine guidelines, workers must alter both how they work and where they work.
Many office-based employees don’t have an ideal setup at home. Some don’t have a dedicated home office or the ergonomic equipment to work comfortably during the long workdays.
There are many opinions about how to work best at home, especially during these unprecedented times. Our recommendation is simple: Ergotron’s MoveMore®.
Research shows that movement is key not only to physical health, but our mental health. By simply switching from sitting to standing every 30 minutes (what we call the Sit-Stand Switch™), you can positively impact your health, mind, and body.
During these stressful times, caring for yourself holistically is key. Here are five ways you can add movement and comfort to your workday for a more productive, peaceful you, even amid the unexpected:
1. Build an ergonomic workspace
Sitting hunched over a small laptop or working on your couch for eight-plus hours can mean bad news for your neck and back. Look into professional-grade, height-adjustable workstations that will let you add low-level physical activity throughout your day without disrupting your work routine.
The WorkFit® Z-Mini Standing Desk works on an existing desk and is ready to go out-of-the-box, while options like the new Mobile Desk can move wherever you want to work. For the most comfortable views, add a flexible monitor arm. For a productivity boost, consider a second or third screen. Our workspace planner will help you choose the right install heights for an ergonomic fit.
2. Set a timer for the Sit-Stand Switch™:
Prevent the all-day sit fest by setting a timer on your fitness tracker, smartphone, or in your kitchen to ring at 30-minute intervals.
3. Get some fresh air
Enjoy the outdoors while getting your steps in by taking a short walk outside. Block a half-hour meeting on your calendar to walk your dog or make a loop around the block. There are many health benefits to sunshine and fresh air, including boosting your immunity.
4. Find new ways to exercise
Even if you can’t head to the gym or the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can still exercise at home. You just need to get creative! Search online for free resources tailored for at-home workouts. If you only have a few minutes to spare, try these simple exercises to sharpen your focus as you stretch your muscles.
5. Have a standing meeting
Employees, on average, attend 62 meetings per month. Make the most of your meeting time at home by standing while you’re on the phone. Better yet, take a lap around your house or head outside (see tip #2). Movement increases your blood flow and circulation, which translates to a natural jolt of energy.
We hope you’re inspired to add movement to your workday! Have other ideas? Be sure to share them on our social channels!