Guide to hybrid working from home
You’re a hybrid worker if you have the flexibility to switch between working from home and the office. While hybrid working has many great benefits, alternating between different environments introduces new health and wellbeing challenges. If you want to make the most of hybrid working from home without compromising your health, comfort, or productivity, then this guide is for you.
What are the benefits of hybrid working from home?
Hybrid working from home is a big step away from the old 9-5 office model. It rejects the idea that a productive worker is one who remains seated at their desk all day. It rejects the idea that employees should turn up at the same time every day and work at a designated desk for a set number of hours. Hybrid working from home offers greater freedom, autonomy and trust.
Hybrid working from home benefits include:
1. Better work-life balance
2. Less commuting
3. Change of scenery
4. Make your own decisions
What are the risks of hybrid working from home?
Hybrid working from home means switching regularly between different environments. This makes it harder for your health and safety team to optimise your work environment and protect you from the risks involved with poor set-up. The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to overcome these challenges.
Hybrid working from home risks include:
1. Poor posture, set-up, equipment and lighting
2. Increased inactivity
3. Distractions from family and pets
4. Blurred boundaries - not knowing when to switch off
Overcoming hybrid working from home challenges
How to set up suitably while hybrid working from home
To avoid back pain, RSI, carpal tunnel and all the other musculoskeletal issues associated with spending too long in poor, sedentary postures, it’s essential to understand what a good working posture looks like.
How to choose the best hybrid working from home ergonomic products
Laptop stand or monitor arms
Keyboard to suit your role
Healthy habits to pick up while hybrid working from home
- Get up and move at least every 30 minutes
- Use a sit-stand desk
- Check your arms, head and legs are positioned comfortably
- Know when to switch off
- Set boundaries with people you share space with
- Keep in contact with your work team
- Use lightweight equipment that’s easy to carry
- Carve out a dedicated space where you feel comfortable