A Guide to Ergonomic Assessment for Your Home Office

Mar 28, 2024 | 4 Min Read

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Many of us are working from home unaware of how our setup might be affecting our health. In this guide, we'll explore the importance of ergonomic assessment for your home office and provide practical tips to create a workspace that promotes both your wellbeing and productivity.

Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging things so that people can interact with them efficiently and safely. For your home office, this means that how your workspace is arranged can cause physical strain and discomfort – and ergonomics can help to mitigate this.

An ergonomic setup considers factors such as chair height, desk position, monitor placement, and keyboard alignment to support proper posture and reduce the risk of injuries or long-term strain.

Before making any changes to your home office setup, take some time to assess your current workspace and see where things could be improved. Pay attention to the following areas:


  • Chair and desk: Is your chair comfortable and adjustable? Are your feet flat on the floor, with your knees at a 90-degree angle? Is your desk at the right height to support your arms while typing?
  • Monitor placement: Is your monitor positioned at eye level, about an arm's length away from your face? Can you view the screen without straining your neck or eyes?
  • Keyboard and mouse: Are your keyboard and mouse within easy reach, allowing your arms to rest comfortably at your sides? Are your wrists in a neutral position while typing?
  • Lighting: Is your workspace well-lit to reduce glare and eye strain? Are you able to adjust the lighting to suit your needs throughout the day?

Once you've identified areas for improvement in your home office setup, consider making the following adjustments:


  • Invest in an ergonomic chair with adjustable lumbar support and armrests
  • Adjust your desk height and use a footrest if necessary
  • Position your monitor at eye level using a monitor stand or adjustable arm
  • Use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse and consider using wrist rests
  • Ensure adequate lighting in your workspace, utilising natural light whenever possible

Ergonomics isn’t all about furniture and posture. Regular movement and breaks are also advised under ergonomic principles to keep your body as healthy as possible when working from home. These habits can include:


  • Taking regular breaks to stretch and move around
  • Staying hydrated and fueling your body with nutritious snacks
  • Practicing the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away to reduce eye strain
  • Listening to your body and making adjustments as needed
Your home office should be a place where you feel comfortable, productive, and safe. By prioritising ergonomic assessment and making necessary adjustments to your workspace, you can prevent pain and discomfort while promoting your overall health and well-being.

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