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 lockdowns and restrictions continue to be a challenge for many, there are ways to continue social activities outside your work hours to help keep you connected.
Is your home office covered?
The cost of personal office equipment, like laptops, monitors, printers and furniture, all adds up. You may want to consider contents insurance for cover against events like theft, fire, cyclone and storm. If you already have contents insurance, it may be worth checking office equipment is covered and that you have adequate cover to meet your needs.