Working from Home Not Working Out?

September 11, 2020

Is working from home (WFH) not working out for you? Has the circuit breaker broken you?

In fact, productivity as a result of WFH has increased by 47%, according to a research done by Forbes magazine. Companies such as Twitter and Fujitsu have even gone as far as making WFH a permanent option.

Here are some interesting facts:

  • The average worker starts work at 8:32 a.m. and ends work at 5:38 p.m
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are the most productive days, in that order
  • Telephone calls are up 230%
  • Email is up 57% and chat is up 9%

If you want to match or beat those statistics, one of the best things you can do to improve your productivity is to ‘get comfortable’.

Over the past few months at PhysioActive, a lot of our patients have been coming to see us with complaints of lower back pain and neck pain. Poor workstation set up is often to blame. Many of us thought this working from home phenomenon was going to be temporary, but here we are now over 5 months on from when Circuit Breaker was introduced and our bodies are finally rebelling to all those hours hunched over a laptop and sitting on the dining room chair on back to back zoom calls.

Well, fear not. If this sounds like you, we can help! Not only can we do what we’re known for by providing relief from pain, we can also help you achieve an optimal workstation set up. As humans, we are designed to move, not be sat at a computer for 8 hours a day. Much of the ergonomic equipment available today has been designed with this in mind such as height adjustable or standing desks, and office chairs with endless features to enable us to sit dynamically. In the ‘home office’ environment, some of these snazzy pieces of furniture / equipment may not be as readily available and, therefore, we must become more creative with our set up.

As an ergonomic physiotherapist, I can provide a 1:1 assessment to ensure that you are sat comfortably and therefore going to be at your most productive. We can do home visits or even conduct virtual group assessments for small companies and businesses. We also work alongside other companies and can assist in recommendations of ergonomic furniture and equipment with special discounts too. Some companies are now even supporting their workforce by providing them with financial support and allowances to help set up an optimal workspace from the comfort of their own home!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you find yourself right at this moment slumped over your desk then please take this opportunity to get out of that chair, have a quick stretch and walk around - your body will thank you for it!

Drop me an email at alex@physioactive.sg for more information regarding your ergonomic needs or give one of our 5 clinics a call.

This post has been written by Physiotherapist Alexandra Harvard - Walls B.Sc. (Hons) .

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