Working From Home shouldn't be a
Pain in the Back
Be mindful of the health risks: Amid a global pandemic that has shuttered over half of the American
workforce away from their offices, healthcare professionals are reporting an alarming spike in work-
from-home related injuries over the last few months, many of which have resulted from stress, anxiet
By exhibiting mindfulness when it comes to better
remote work setups, the risk for injuries are
According to a survey commissioned by insurance company
Chubb, 41% of American professionals have reported new or
increased back, shoulder, and/or neck pain since working
from home this year.
Many of the aches and pains reported
by the American workforce are
repetitive stress injuries, most of which
can be traced back to working on
Laptops were designed to be used
for a few hours at a time, for mobile
warriors or frequent flyers to get
"Many principles of ergonomics boil down to height and movement," said Weber,
whose business of making ergonomic tools and furniture more accessible to remote
workers was borne right when work-from-home mandates began.
"We started with one chair model
which we made available 100%
online, and since then we've been
expanding our lineup.
Most of our early customers had chronic back pain and needed an
immediate solution for relief, but since then we've also seen a
number of customers who look for ergonomic solutions as a
preventive measure." The ideal sitting position for workers to stay
pain-free will have one's ears over the should
Videoconferencing, collaboration tools, digital coworkers and secure
remote access are just some of the solutions that saw increased adoption
as employees were asked to work from home.
Remote work is here to stay,
even in a post-vaccine world.
Whether it's the provision of ergonomic furniture to make
working from home more comfortable, or kicking off
wellness activities that promote employees' physical and
mental health from home, rethinking employee
engagement in the new no