Work ergonomics is all about creating a safe and conducive working environment for the employee. But what does this mean when working from home increasingly becomes the norm? “In the home setting, the typical work culture is easy to forget so we tend to find creature comforts that seem nice, but often negatively affect our work process,” says Co-founder and Director of Bio Mechanix – which consults for RCS to assist employees with specific needs, Fayaadh Dhansay.

With many South Africans having to work without a dedicated office space at home, there are a few common mistakes that are made as they try stay productive. “We often just grab any chair, plonk ourselves down in front of a table, and grind away for hours. This is the first mistake,” says Dhansay. Not taking into careful consideration the potential strain the habits you form, how you sit and where you work from could have long-term health risks that may ultimately result in thousands spent in healthcare expenses to remedy sore backs and necks, or even affect your ability to continue to work and generate and an income in the most severe cases.

In this infographic, Dhansay, who holds an Honours Degree in Biokinetics, and is also a partner in Dhansay & Roberts Biokineticists, a private Biokinetics practice, focusing on orthopaedic rehabilitation, shares what to keep in mind when working from home.

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