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Work From Home - Laptop Set-up Guide
Work From Home - Laptop Set-up Guide

Work From Home - Laptop Set-up Guide -

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Written by Ann Hartnett
Updated over a week ago

Uncomfortable or experiencing body aches while using your laptop at home? have a full range of products to help eliminate discomfort and provide an appropriate and safe, working from home environment.

Eliminate “laptop hunch” and check out our step-by-step guide for the perfect
laptop setup created by certified ergonomists.

Seat Height: Adjust your seat height such that your elbow and keyboard height are aligned. Ensure that your thighs are parallel to the floor with your feet firmly planted or
on a footrest. You can view our full Range of Footrests HERE
Don’t have a footrest? Try using a box or a stack of books. Still too low? Consider sitting on a cushion to raise your height. You can view our full range of Seat Height Adjustable Chairs HERE

Seat Depth
: Maintain two inches of clearance between the back of your knees and the front edge of the seat. If your seat pan is to deep, place a cushion or pillow on
the backrest to shorten the length of the seat pan. 

Armrests: Adjust the armrests to elbow height such that your shoulders are relaxed. If you don’t have armrests, use a palm support in front of your keyboard to support the weight of your arms while typing. You can view our full range of Seat Depth Adjustable Chairs HERE

Lumbar Support
: Adjust the backrest such that the small of your back is supported. If your backrest is non-adjustable, consider using a rolled up towel. You can view our full range of Adjustable Back Rest Chairs HERE

Recline Tension: To incorporate movement, unlock your backrest and adjust the recline tension to support your body weight. Off-load body weight to the backrest of the chair as often as possible. Avoid forward leaning and try not to sit in any single posture for an extended period of time. You can view our full range of Recline Tension Chairs HERE


Keyboard: Flatten the keyboard tabs to maintain straight wrists. Rest your palm – not your wrists – on a palm support. See our ergonomic range of wrist rests HERE

Input Devices: External input devices are recommended to achieve proper monitor and keyboard position. Position the keyboard and mouse at or slightly below your rested elbow height, such that your shoulders are relaxed. Prevent forward leaning by bringing your keyboard and mouse closer to your body if needed.

Mouse: Glide the heel of your palm over the mouse surface to keep your wrists straight. Avoid anchoring your wrist on the worksurface. Relax your hand and avoid
gripping the mouse. Consider alternating hands during prolonged mousing to minimize discomfort. See our range of computer mice HERE

Monitor: Position the top line of text on your screen or slightly below eye level and at an arm’s reach. Raise the monitor using a laptop holder, or something sturdy like a
box, reams of paper, or a stack of books. Tilt your monitor slightly away from your body to accommodate your natural downward viewing gaze. Align the center of the
monitor with the midline of your body to avoid neck and trunk rotation. See our range of computer monitors HERE

To break up prolonged seated postures, stand for up to 15 minutes per hour. Don’t have a sit/stand workstation? Relocate your laptop to a high countertop or any stable surface that is roughly aligned with your elbow height. You can view our full range of Sit-Stand Desks HERE 

Avoid holding your phone up to your ear. Use headphones, headset, or speakerphone to maintain neutral neck and shoulder posture. Consider standing or better yet, walking during calls to boost activity levels.

Ensure that you have sufficient lighting for your documents. If available, position a task light opposite your writing hand to minimize shadows. You can view our full range of Desk Lamps HERE 

Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away, for 20 seconds to allow your body to recover from periods of repetitive stress. Incorporate frequent postural changes throughout your workday.

Here at HuntOffice you will find all you need to know about Working from Home.

The introduction of successful remote working at a company level under normal circumstances takes time, structures, policies and a considered approach so you may need a steer on where to start.

Going remote is not just about software tools, policies and practices. It is about your mental approach and attitude to the situation. You will need to test and trial practices; you will definitely need to re-iterate and review and you will continually be improving yourself and your teams operations. From email access and video conference software to collaboration tools, whatever it is you need to use to get your job done.

We have a full range of Working From Home Essentials HERE

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