The coronavirus pandemic has caused an unprecedented and ongoing change in how and where people are working, so how can workers be supported to stay healthy in a world of remote work?
Author: the tips and resources in this blog are from BeUpstanding™, a national initiative designed to support workplaces to Stand Up, Sit Less and Move More
Any coronavirus information mentioned is accurate at the time this article was first published (26 October 2020). For the most up-to-date information about coronavirus restrictions, please visit the source: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au
Sitting less and moving more, particularly in office workplaces, has been a key priority for many in recent years. But with more of us working from home during coronavirus, how do we make sure we keep up the positive habits we’d established in the office instead of sitting hunched over a computer all day?
It’s important that everyone has a safe and healthy workplace whether they’re working from home or in the office.
So if you’ve found yourself dealing with a few aches and pains while working remotely it might be time to sit less and move more during the work day.
How can you stay active throughout the day working remotely?
Whether working remotely or in the office, if you find yourself sitting for long periods, it’s important to look at ways to move more during the day.
This might include things such as standing up when the phone rings; switching from sitting at your desk to standing at the kitchen bench a few times a day at home if you can; or taking a meeting while walking instead of sitting in front of a screen.
It can also be helpful to build in reminders into your calendar to remind yourself to take short breaks to stand up and have a stretch or to go fill up a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
BeUpstanding’s top three resources to help you work remotely
BeUpstanding has developed additional resources to ensure you can be supported wherever you’re based, including working from home, including:
- Tips for a healthy home office
- Tips and tools to sit less throughout the day while at home
- A modified BeUpstanding toolkit to include ways to adapt the program for staff working from home (such as how to run a workshop online)
As many of us continue to work from home, it’s important to consider how and when we move during the working day. This can be sometimes challenging which working remotely, but staying active will ensure a safe and healthy workplace for everyone, wherever that may be.
Note: This blog was adapted from BeUpstanding’s ‘Wherever you work, a safe and healthy workplace is for everyone’ blog.