Working from home means numerous changes in the otherwise familiar work routine. The following tips and ideas are intended to help you organize and plan your home-working arrangements.
Choose a space that enables you to set up your workspace ergonomically and thus prevent discomfort as far as possible. You can optimize your workspace yourself:
Further information on ergonomics and setting up an office workspace is available from SUVA and the FCOS Box:
SUVA: Ergonomie am Bildschirmarbeitsplatz im Home-Office
SUVA: Arbeitsplatz einrichten
FCOS Box: Ergonomics in the Workplace
In addition to setting up an ergonomic workspace, it is very important to be well organized when working from home. Choose a quiet place in your home to set up your workspace so that you are disturbed as little as possible. Avoid disturbances and interruptions. If necessary, you can use headphones to ensure that you won’t disturb others or be disturbed by others living with you.
Structure your daily work routine and coordinate your work processes with your colleagues as well as with others living with you and your family.
Important advice and background knowledge on occupational health and safety:
FCOS learning modules: The basics of occupational safety
FHNW: «Sich selber Strukturen schaffen»
Daily routine plays a crucial role when it comes to staying healthy. Make sure you get enough exercise – preferably in the fresh air – and eat a balanced diet. Try to go to bed at about the same time every night and rise at your usual time.
More Information and videos on exercise, sleep and nutrition:
ZHAW: «Bewegungsübungen im Home-Office»
ASVZ: Various Exercise Videos on YouTube
SGE: «Ausgewogen verpflegt – auch im Homeoffice»
Lunge Zürich: Merkblatt gesunder Schlaf
Working from home has many advantages, but it requires an extra slice of motivation and more self-discipline than working at your usual workspace. For example, if you live in a single-person household, you may quickly feel lonely.
UZH’s health portal links to a wide range of support services centered on working conditions, UZH advisory services and tips for combining work and family life: