According to the IT & Flexible Working Survey (2014), the laptop is actually the most important device used to support flexible working. Prolonged use of a laptop, however, has its ergonomic limitations. So how can you still work safely with a laptop?
An uncomfortable working position
The fact that the laptop is now indispensible for office life as we know it is due to the ease with which this device can create a workplace anywhere. Armed with a laptop, flexible employees have all the programs and documents they need in one device, whether they are at home, at the office or on the move.
Without accessories, however, the laptop is unsuited for working on it more than two hours a day. As shown, using a laptop automatically results in assuming an uncomfortable position. Because a laptop is a fusion of screen and keyboard, this forces its user into a typical working position: hunching over with the neck bent. In addition to pain and discomfort at the end of the workday, this position also reduces productivity.
Adding accessories means that it is possible to work productively and for longer periods of time on a
laptop. Positioning the screen at eye level prevents extra strain on an employee’s neck and upper back. This can be accomplished with an integrated notebook stand. For proper posture and increased productivity, it is also important to use a separate keyboard and mouse.
The whitepaper “Can you work comfortably with a laptop?” provides more information about the ergonomics of the laptop as well as a useful selection guide that simplifies choosing the accessories best suited to a specific employee profile or for your own specific laptop use. The whitepaper also provides information about the regulations and norms surrounding the use of laptops for work. It concludes with the findings regarding the performance effects of using accessories.