Remote Work is quickly becoming the new norm. That means your home office needs to be just as productive
as the corporate office. With the right tools, you can create a comfortable, healthy and productive workspace…
with a shorter commute.
Configure for Comfort
Your monitor position matters. Help prevent neck and eye strain by selecting a monitor stand to maintain a monitor height that fits your personal comfort or choose a monitor arm for more flexibility in screen positioning.
- Set the top of the monitor frame at eyebrow level
- The monitor should be about an arm’s length away, or approximately 20″ to 35″ away
- If using a dual monitor arm, the monitors should be next to each other and angled in a slight outward “V” shape. This positioning helps prevent eye strain and neck strain
When you’re more comfortable, you’re more productive, especially when it comes to typing and mousing. Select an adjustable keyboard tray that accurately positions your keyboard for maximum comfort. Choose a mouse pad with wrist support to cushion your wrist and hand as you mouse to prevent wrist strain.
- Position the keyboard and mouse closer and lower to your body. The keyboard should be flat or tilted away at a negative slope
- Keep your forearms approximately parallel to the floor with elbows at a 90 to -110° angle
- Your wrists should be straight with hands positioned level or below your elbow
The Active Home Office
Just as you incorporate movement into the corporate office, you need to stay active in your home office. Use a standing desk in your home office to keep you moving.
- Begin by standing for 15 minutes, followed by 45 minutes of sitting
- Gradually increase the time standing. Alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, but don’t sit or stand for more than 60 minutes at a time
- Add to your activity with a short walk or stretching session
Maintain a Healthy Personal Workspace
It’s important to keep your home office clean especially during flu outbreaks. Use air purifier to consistently and effectively clean the air of viruses, germs, bacteria and other airborne pollutants.
- Choose your air purifier based on the square footage of your home office for the best results
- Look for one with an added carbon filter for odors
- For added germ protection look for products with the Microban logo. They provide continuous antimicrobial defense against bacteria for products such as mouse pads and wrist supports
Remote Work with Sensitive Documents
The risks of identity theft remain even when you work remotely. If you’re managing confidential documents from your home office, be sure to follow your company’s document destruction policy using secure cross cut paper shredders.
- For higher security upgrade to microcut paper shredders
- With kids at home, choose a home paper shredder with safety features
- Choose a quiet paper shredder for working in your home office at night
At Home Document Protection
If you laminate a lot for your business, don’t miss a beat in your laminating workload while working from home. Home laminating machines are compact and portable and provide high quality laminating results while saving space.
- Choose a laminator with fast warm up to get laminating done faster
- Make sure you select an entry width that works for the documents you laminate, usually between 9-1/2″ to 12 1/2″
- Don’t forget the laminating pouches. Choose the right pouch thickness for your projects. 5 mil offers a good mix of durability and flexibility. 3 mil is best for documents with minimal handling. For heavy handling use 7-10 mil.
More Organized, More Productive
A disorganized home office can impact your productivity. Take time to organize the documents you use every day. Bankers Box gives you the flexibility to stack your records in your home office while leaving you room to work.
- Choose from plastic or corrugated depending on your storage needs
- Know if you need letter-size or legal-size file storage
- Be sure to label file boxes so you can know what records you need at a glance