Ensure that you have an ergonomic workspace setup in order to reduce possible injury and discomfort. Some basic rules of thumb include not working from your bed or couch and making sure you don’t slump over your computer all day long. Instead, work from a desk or table where you can prop your laptop so that your head faces the screen with your shoulders relaxed. This may mean you’ll have to use an external keyboard and mouse, have an additional screen, or prop up your computer on some books or a laptop stand. Ideally, this set up would also allow you to keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees, with your forearms supported by either the armrests of your chair or by your table.
Your employer may provide you with a work computer or a phone, depending on the nature of your role. A computer with a webcam may be particularly important in order to connect “face-to-face” with your team during calls. Reliable internet connection will be key in any remote position. If needed, hardwire your computer into the modem in order to have a stronger connection when using video conferencing. Lastly, try to create a dedicated work space in your home to limit distractions. If you have any concerns about your work station setup, ask your supervisor for help to troubleshoot the situation. And most importantly, don’t forget to take breaks and walk around to energize yourself.
If your employer isn’t able to supply you with the equipment needed to do your work remotely, contact your university’s office of experiential learning/education as they may be able to help you.