Whether working at home, the local coffee shop or at another office on campus, it is imperative to set-up your workstation to allow for neutral postures. The cumulative effect of working on laptops, cell phones, and tablets may increase the risk of chronic neck/shoulder injuries and repetitive stress injuries of the hands and wrists.
When telecommuting, EH&S Ergonomics recommends:
- Use of an external keyboard
- External mouse
- External monitor or laptop riser to maintain neutral, upright postures
- For specific equipment recommendations, refer to the EH&S Pre-Approved Computer Ergonomics Product List
- The Stanford Surplus Store offers discounted furniture, free external monitors (for Stanford work) and additional equipment that can help reduce personal cost of providing an ergonomic workstation in your home office. EH&S also recommends consulting with your Local IT for potentially spare keyboards/mice that can be used when working from home.
- University IT also has standard equipment recommendations (for both Mac and PC) in their Technology Toolkit for Telecommuting and Remote Work website
- For additional support, please contact Stanford Ergonomics at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Work at Home Office Safety Checklist
- Tablet/Smart Phone Best Practices
- Laptop Guidance
- Computer Workstation Ergonomics Evaluation Form
- Admin Guide on Telecommuting