Helpful Tips for Working from Home

Work Schedule

  • Create a routine to prepare for work in the morning—take a shower, change your clothes—this will put you in the right frame of mind for work.
  • Remind your family you are working and not available to run errands, do chores or any household tasks; set the ground rules up front.
  • If your children are home, set up activities in advance and let them know you need to focus during the workday.
  • Check in with your team and manager periodically to obtain both internal and community information. 

Workspace

  • Make sure you have dedicated workspaces—if possible, have multiple spaces in which to work from (movement from space to space will prevent fatigue and encourage blood flow).
  • Assess your house for trip hazards and clean up items that can cause injuries. 

Your chair

  • Pay attention to overall posture: sit up straight and relax your shoulders.
  • Make sure your chair supports your upper and lower back and is adjusted to the correct height (feet flat to the floor, the back of your thighs should not feel pressure).

Monitor

  • Position your monitor about an arm’s length, adjust if you are experiencing “tech neck.”
  • Give your eyes a rest. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a break for approximately 20 seconds in which you look at an object at least 20 feet away. 

Keyboard and mouse

  • Position your keyboard and mouse at a distance where you can keep your elbows bent in a neutral position. The keyboard and the mouse should be close to your body.

Health and Fitness

  • Do some light stretches for a few minutes every hour or so.
  • Change postures frequently, make sure you move every 30 minutes for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • Keep your immune system working strong by ensuring proper and adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise.

Rest Breaks/ Meal Breaks:

  • Use breaks to provide your family with attention while still following a schedule.
  • Walk outside in the front or backyard to get fresh air periodically.
  • Interact with colleagues by video and voice conferencing to stay connected.

Online/ Cyber Security

  • Use strong passwords to ensure that all accounts are protected. Do not use the same password across multiple accounts.
  • Watch out for spoofing emails. Always check the sender’s email address for spelling errors and look for poor grammar in the subject line and/or body of the message.
  • Look out for phishing emails.  These emails usually try to have you click a link to somewhere that asks you to login. Typically, these emails will be disguised to look like they came from your System Administrator or email system.
  • Password protect your device to protect shared work information.