Good advice when working from home

Due to the current situation in Denmark, we all have to work from home. This may offer some opportunities, but it may also be a challenge if you have to look after/homeschool your children at the same time. For people who do not have a family or who live alone, working from home can be lonely.

Below you will find some good advice on how to ensure the best possible conditions for creating a good working day at home. The list has been made in collaboration with Arbejdsmiljøcentret.

Establish routines and structure

Establish some good routines and create a structure that can help you through the different phases of the day: work, breaks, leisure time, etc. This is essential in order for you to be able to focus when you need to focus, and in order to get the breaks you need.

Consider beginning your day by asking yourself the following questions, and then plan your day: What are my tasks today? When should or can I do them? How can I create the best conditions for me to succeed?

Remember to stay in touch with colleagues

It is important to stay in regular contact with your colleagues. You can ‘meet and have coffee’ with your colleagues via, for example, Skype or over the phone. It is a good idea to set up regular online meetings with your manager and your colleagues where you agree on tasks, deadlines and priorities.

Prevent disturbances

If you are at home with your children and family, it is a good idea to discuss who needs to work, how and when. It is also a good idea to plan when your children will do activities and homework during the day/week. Accept that you will probably have to split your workday into blocks and that you will have a longer working day.

Organise your workspace as best you can

 It is a good idea to organise your workspace based on the tips below. And remember to vary your working position. You should also remember to let some fresh air into the room. Quick Guide

  • When working at your computer, make sure your forearms are supported by your desk so as not to tense up your shoulders or let your upper body fall forward.
  • Make sure you have enough space around your screen, keyboard and mouse for you to be able to move your equipment around and vary your working position.
  • Your chair should allow you to place your feet flatly on the floor and thereby avoid the discomfort of constant pressure on your upper legs.
  • You can rest your feet on a footstool or some other moveable object. This will allow you to adjust the height you sit at and make you more comfortable at your desk.
  • Use an external keyboard and mouse so you can maintain a distance of 50-70 cm between your laptop screen and your eyes, and so that the top of the screen is at the same level as your eye height, so you are able to see just above the screen. The screen may have a slight angle pointed away from you.

Active breaks

 Remember to take breaks from your screen and, for example, do some stretches. See the images below for inspiration or check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PY5JGre_DQ (in Danish)