If you last year had seen a news broadcast or newspaper article from the first months of 2020, you would probably have thought that it was a new Hollywood movie or sci-fi book. The surreal reality that the outbreak of the corona crisis has placed upon us still affect many of us on an everyday basis, as we‘re daily bombarded with figures, statistics and stories about the crisis from around the world. A lot has been turned upside down and we all need to find our feet in this new reality.
The corona crisis concerns more than just the dreaded virus. It also concerns all the other crises that have been triggered – be that the skyrocketing unemployment rates, the vast economic crisis we’re moving into, the IT-security challenges associated with businesses having to send their employees home to work, the need to create millions of home workplaces, or other challenges.
Fortunately, we also hear positive stories. Stories of survival, of charity and of new job opportunities in a changing world. Companies are shifting their production, which in turn allows them to maintain jobs and revenue. The Danish insurance company TopDanmark has experienced a considerable reduction in sick leave, dropping from more than 3 per cent to less than 1.8 per cent after sending their 2,300 employees home to work.
The establishment of a great number of new home workplaces has been accompanied by massive investments in IT-systems and equipment. Furthermore, it has led many companies to consider how best to benefit from these changes even after the crisis, and what changes to implement in the future.
The UK based furniture company Orangebox is very focussed on homeworking as a change that is happening in spite of Covid-19 and not just because of it. Working from home is regarded as a positive future for many.
The home workplace in general, and how to ensure that it is not a physical burden on employees in particular, is Contour Design’s main focus and the core of our competence. No matter where you work, whether at home, in the office or in a completely different space, the way you sit – your posture – is of great importance. Thus, office ergonomics are important even if you’re not in an office.
The ergonomics of your home office may vary depending on your options and environment. For example, if you have a room where you can set up your home workplace, you can more easily follow the regular guidelines on designing a workplace. But if you e.g. are forced to use your dining or kitchen table for work, you’ll need some equipment that’s easy to set up and take down.At Contour Design, we have spent the last 25 years developing ergonomic equipment that minimizes the strain on the body when working long hours in front of the computer. Naturally, we also have a solution for the home workplace. With a Contour Travel Kit you get ergonomics in a portable version.
How to transition from a Hollywood production to everyday life? That’s a question we hope to answer in the coming months.