Remember, sitting for too long may have negative effects on your health and fitness. So consider setting a reminder on your phone to take regular breaks. Alternating between standing and sitting may also help you avoid neck or back strain.
If you’re working from home – or even if you’re not – you might want to think about preparing in case things go wrong. A well-stocked first-aid kit is a sensible idea in any home, as are fire extinguishers and working fire alarms. You may also want to consider a list of important contact numbers, such as emergency services and energy providers (in case of a blackout).
If you don’t have enough power outlets, consider using a power-board with surge protection and safety switches. Damaged electrical cords, double adaptors, and overloaded power-boards can cause electric shocks and fires.
Remember, electrical cords can also be a trip hazard – so keep cords flat and out of your path, but not under rugs where they may overheat. It can also be a good idea to switch off your equipment at the end of the day, to avoid electrical hazards – and save on your power bill.
Staying distanced, not isolated
Working from home doesn’t mean you have to become a recluse. As more people swap the office for the lounge room, there are more opportunities and tools that can help us stay in touch.
For example, you could set up an online breakfast, lunch or coffee meetings with your colleagues to share work news and boost rapport, or chat to friends and family during breaks. And while 2020’s lockdowns have been a challenge for many, we now have more freedom to socialise. So it can also be a good idea to plan social activities outside your work hours, to help keep you connected, while observing social distancing measures.
Is your home office covered?
Office equipment, like laptops, monitors, printers and furniture, isn’t cheap. So you may want to consider protecting them against an event like theft, fire or water damage. Your home insurance contents’ policy may cover these items, but it’s worth considering whether your current policy still meets your needs.