Looking Back on Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2021

Looking Back on Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2021

Looking Back on Our Most Popular Blog Posts of 2021

As an experienced business transcription service provider, we strive to meet the requirements of diverse businesses. Our blog posts are designed to provide informative content including tips and insights on transcription and various related topics.

Our 2021 blog posts covered diverse topics ranging from legal transcription software tools to transcription of podcasts, videos, market research, and dictation best practices. As the year draws to an end, let’s take a look at the top blog posts our readers enjoyed.

  1. 5 TOP LEGAL TRANSCRIPTION SOFTWARE TOOLS FOR LAWYERS

5 top legal transcription software tools for lawers

The adoption of legal transcription software is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years. Automated tools provide instant, fully-searchable transcripts of detailed witness statements, depositions, investigations and pleadings, police reports, interrogations, telephone recordings etc. Accurate transcripts are important for lawyers handling personal injury, medical malpractice, worker’s compensation and other cases. This blog discusses 5 top legal transcription software tools: Trint, OTranscribe, the FTW Transcriber, Express Scribe, and Inqscribe.

  1. FIVE EFFECTIVE TIPS TO TRANSCRIBE A PODCAST ACCURATELY

five effective tips to transcribe a podcast accurately

Podcasts have become one of the most effective marketing tools. These self-contained online presentations can be used to educate and spread information to a wide audience. Including a transcript of your podcast along with each episode on the same web page will make your podcast episodes accessible to everyone. This blog provides useful tips to ensure accurate podcast transcription.

  1. SIX VIDEO CONFERENCING TRENDS FOR 2021

SIX VIDEO CONFERENCING TRENDS FOR 2021

Video conferencing is a professional, cost-effective tool that can enhance employee productivity, help brand building, and enhance customer service. This blog discusses trends that industry experts say will shape video conferencing in the coming months. These trends include increased adoption along with rapid growth, video and audio quality, an increased focus on security and privacy.

  1. HOW MARKET RESEARCH TRANSCRIPTION IS SIGNIFICANT FOR BUSINESSES

How Market Research Transcription Is Significant for Businesses

 

Market research involves gathering, analyzing and interpreting data about markets, products, services, customers and competitors to make informed business decisions. It helps business organizations keep up with the latest market trends, reach the target audience, and gain a competitive advantage. Transcripts serve as analytical tools for market researchers, making it easier for them to process, analyze and compare the results. This blog discusses the advantages of market research transcription.

  1. MAJOR TRENDS LAW FIRMS CAN EXPECT IN 2021

MAJOR TRENDS LAW FIRMS CAN EXPECT IN 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for all industries including the legal sector. Our legal transcription company keeps track of the trends impacting the legal sector. Understanding these trends can help law firms overcome their challenges and become more productive and efficient.

  1. DICTATION BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LEGAL DOCUMENTATION

DICTATION BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LEGAL DOCUMENTATION

Many lawyers are now using dictation software in combination with human input from a legal transcription company to prepare both simple and complex documents. Dictation plays a key role in ensuring high quality, timely documentation and so lawyers need to hone their dictation skills. This blog discusses dictation best practices that can improve the quality of legal documentation.

  1. BUSINESS TRANSCRIPTION – IS THE MARKET GROWING?

BUSINESS TRANSCRIPTION – IS THE MARKET GROWING?

Business transcription services help companies document audio or video recordings of interviews, presentations, webinars, seminars, workshops, meeting notes, conferences and more for commercial or professional purposes. This blog discusses predictions for the global business transcription market made by Absolute Market Insights.

  1. 8 REASONS WHY LISTENING TO PODCASTS WITH TRANSCRIPTS IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

8 REASONS WHY LISTENING TO PODCASTS WITH TRANSCRIPTS IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH

Listening to podcasts with transcripts can help you learn English. Learning with transcripts and subtitles can improve English listening comprehension, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading speed, and more.

  1. BENEFITS OF RECORDING AND TRANSCRIBING CUSTOMER SERVICE CALLS

BENEFITS OF RECORDING AND TRANSCRIBING CUSTOMER SERVICE CALLS

Recording and transcribing customer service calls is important to improve the customer experience. It also provides businesses with a better understanding of their audience. It also helps track and improve the performance of their customer service teams. Expert transcriptionists can provide top-quality voice-to-text conversion of important and sensitive customer support calls.

  1. WHAT ARE THE 6 TYPES OF FOCUS GROUPS?

what are the 6 types of focus groups?

Focus groups are a group of individuals who share similar characteristics or common interests in certain products, services, or concepts. Hosting a focus group discussion is a valuable qualitative research method. This blog discusses six types of focus groups such as single, two-way, dual moderator, duelling moderator, respondent moderator and remote/online focus groups.

To browse our blog archive, click here! Stay tuned for more informational content in 2022!

Academic Essay Writing Tips

Academic Essay Writing Tips

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, MOS Legal Transcription Service is an experienced solutions provider offering high quality, audio/video transcription services for businesses – corporate, medical, real estate, education, research, IT, and media among others.

In today’s podcast, Julie Clements, Chief Solutions Officer at Managed Outsource Solutions provides some valuable tips for students to improve their academic essay writing skills. She also discusses the benefits students can gain from the academic transcription service offered by a reliable provider.

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Hi there, this is Julie Clements again. I’m a Chief Solutions Officer here at Managed Outsource Solutions. Today, I wanted to talk to you about some quick tips to write a good academic essay. Who doesn’t love a good academic essay? It’s really important when you’re writing this report that you consider an academic transcription service that can also help you transcribe your audio recording research. Typically, the academic essay is an assignment students are asked to write in their university, and nowadays many students do utilize an academic transcription service to help them transcribe the lectures and interviews that they may have recorded. The essay is a clear indicator of how well the student has understood the basic course material and how much research they have done on the topic. It also shows the analytical skills of the student in selecting and commenting on the research material.

Thus, a good dissertation not only contains a compilation of research findings and notes, but also includes scholastic inputs by the author. The university rewards those dissertation theses that present a well-analyzed description of the topic. Essay writing skills will prove to be helpful if the student plans to go into an academic career or other fields where analytical or influential writing is involved. Given the importance of the academic essay, there are some tips students can follow to write a good essay.

The first one I like to talk about is just to make sure to pay attention to the structure of the essay. For easy reading and understanding, the essay must be divided into these parts – Introduction, Main Body and Conclusion. Introduction is where you introduce the topic to a reader. Every essay has an introductory paragraph and this paragraph should not be more that 4 – 5 lines, and should include the thesis statement. A thesis statement is a one- or two- line summary of the argument you make in the essay. It shows the reader what to expect from the essay.

The Main Body consists of most impactful and extensive paragraphs that are split up into sub-paragraphs that reveal your arguments that favor or oppose the thesis statement. The body of the essay is the main component of your essay, and a good one is composed of an ample number of paragraphs.

The last part of the essay is the Conclusion which should be short and simple, like “short and sweet” as we all like to say. It should also include a small gist of all the points from your Main Body.

Also ensure that all your sub-sections are well-structured. Start every paragraph with an argument or a statement that you are about to discuss. Explain your statement to establish that it’s true. Provide appropriate and confirmed evidence that would make a reader believe and agree to your points. And the verified evidence can be a real-life example, a quote, or well, like some well-known fact that everybody would know. Ensure that the paragraph contributes to the main point of your essay, and assures the reader that it is really meaningful.

Also prepare an outline of your essay. Most of the students might be a little too lazy to do this, but it is best to write an outline for each essay. even if it is a small one. Writing an outline doesn’t take more than 10 – 15 minutes. But it can make a huge difference on how you write your essay. It will help you not to forget the points and examples, and will kind of help guide you through the process of everything.

Please, I cannot stress enough that you make sure to edit and proofread. Once your final draft is ready, it should be edited and proofread so that there are no errors. Please set aside the essay for a day or more if you have the time, come back to it with a fresh mind and it will help you to spot any mistakes. Proofreading and editing is essential as it is important to ensure that your essay is well-written. Just like when you send a text to your friend, and you send it and you forgot to look at it, and you know, auto-correct totally changed what you said. It’s always good to reread before you send it.

And a big thing is practice. Keep practicing by writing more and more structured essays. After writing a number of essays, you will find it easier to write a structured essay in the correct way.

When writing your academic essay, make sure you study the topic carefully. Gather all of the information you need by doing research and reading. Make sure to note down all, each and every source that you use so you can give credit to them in your essay. Students should consider using or can consider using an audio transcription service to obtain transcripts of the research material they may have recorded. A professional academic transcription service understands the value of a good thesis and would provide customized transcription support.

If you have any further questions or want to learn more about this, you can go to our website – www.managedoutsource.com.

Thank you so much!

Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Ways to Motivate Your Employees

A Tulsa, Oklahoma based legal transcription service provider; MOS Legal Transcription Service is experienced in providing support in the form of reliable transcripts for legal clients, students, media personnel, and the business community. We are backed by a dedicated team of professionals, committed to providing focused, customized solutions catering to each business niche.

In today’s podcast, Julie Clements, the Chief Solutions Manager at Managed Outsource Solutions provides some key tips for businesses to motivate their employees and thus improve productivity.

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Hi there, this is Julie Clements. I’m the Chief Solutions Manager here at Managed Outsource Solutions. I wanted to talk to you today about some effective ways to help motivate your employees. I have got a quick list of about 10.

One important thing is about building trust and it’s important that employees know they can be trusted to do their best possible job and to praise their work when they do succeed. People are inspired when they know that their leaders believe in their capabilities to deliver and a healthy work culture is also one that promotes trust and caring among the staff and management. Cultivating a workplace where people trust each other can offer immense benefits in terms of productivity and performance. According to a 2016 Towers Watson study, the ability to trust in senior leadership is one of the top drivers of employee retention.

So make sure you set realistic, SMART goals. SMART as in Specific, Measurable, Aggressive, Realistic and Time-bound. Set those SMART goals to motivate employees and build connection to their work and their coworkers, and to the organization’s missions. Goals help employees find meaning and purpose. According to Gallup, managers should have conversations with employees about their team’s goals as well as individual goals and how to achieve them. Three tips to set goals to motivate employees is – involving employees from start to finish – it helps them to feel valued, link individual goals to business objectives, and adapt goals in real-time.

Also building personal rapport with your employees is very important and as a leader, you need to spend time with your employees and get to know them. The best leaders understand and care about their staff – their behavior, aptitudes, and tendencies. This is important to understand what motivates them as not all employees will value the same thing. Employees are motivated when the management takes the time to know them and shows that they have their best interests at heart.

Building a challenging work environment is also very important. Every company, whether you are new, you’ve been there for a while, and have challenges and they need those challenges to grow and high performers thrive in a challenging environment. The market is dynamic and companies must continuously strive to improve their products or services or current results. Without challenges, employees can become bored and start looking for another job or will be not focused. Building a positive, challenging work environment is necessary to motivate and retain your best employees. Another thing that is good is to use meetings to help build motivation. Meetings can be used to motivate and inspire your employees. Discussing and setting goals at a meeting can motivate employees to work towards achieving them. There was an article we found, a bizfluent article that points out that meetings offer the opportunity to remind employees of the company’s past achievements. This can also help motivate them to do their best and to achieve current goals and possibly even exceed them. They are also a good platform meetings to read out customer testimonials, announce an incentive and share a success story, all of which can help excite employees and encourage them to give their best.

Another thing is to make them feel valued. I mean they should be valued. To build motivation, companies need to take deliberate steps to make their employees feel valued. The hard work they do should be openly recognized and success should be celebrated. Explain how their contributions add value, help the company solve problems, and move forward. A recent article we found, a BQ article, cites research from McKinsey which suggested that, in a corporate setting, non-financial rewards can have a greater effect than financial rewards. Small gestures in the form of surprise gifts can also make staff feel valued and appreciated and in return will help them work harder.

Provide the right tools and support: People who don’t believe they have the resources needed to achieve their goals tend to quickly get frustrated. So provide your staff with the materials they need, equipment and training to help them carry out their roles and responsibilities as well as to innovate their work.

Also encouraging employees to take the lead is important. Making them feel valued is about letting them take the lead. Recognize individual strengths and let each one share their opinions at meetings because that is all important. Give them responsibility and allow them to make important decisions – this will motivate them to work towards making things happen. Respect, praise and appreciate their efforts. This is also a great way to build good leaders.

Another important thing is always be transparent. Difficult as it may seem, it is important for leaders to be transparent about the company’s current situation as well as future growth plans. Transparency builds trust, fosters collaboration at work, and enhances employee empowerment. When employees feel included in important decisions, they are likely to be committed to work towards the company’s goals.

So, if you want to learn more about this topic, it is always a good one to go over and read through over and over again, please visit our website at www.managedoutsource.com.

Thank You so much!

How to Accurately Transcribe Your Podcasts

How to Accurately Transcribe Your Podcasts

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, MOS Legal Transcription Service is a business transcription service company that provides successful support for legal clients, students, media personnel, and the business community. They have worked on varied transcription projects for different clients by ensuring they offer reliable, error-free records of meetings, presentations, and other online collaborative sessions.

In today’s podcast, Julie Clements, Chief Solutions Officer at Managed Outsource Solutions discusses why and how to transcribe podcasts accurately.

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Hello this is Julie Clements. I am the Chief Solutions Officer here at Managed Outsource Solutions. Today I want to talk a little bit about why and how to transcribe podcasts accurately.

00:11 Importance of Podcasts and Podcast Transcription Service

So podcasts are becoming increasingly popular as a convenient and easily accessible medium that allows people to have a deeper knowledge about a range of topics chosen for discussion. Podcasts provide audio content to listeners and also allow them to multitask – like listening to a podcast while driving or working out in the gym. According to a Brandastic article, in 2020 over 155 million people listen to a podcast every week. Audio content is convenient and easy to absorb for many individuals. However, podcasts are not appealing to everybody. So, for wider accessibility these podcasts can be transcribed into accurate transcripts with the help of a podcast transcription service. A podcast transcript is a textual version of the podcast episode that makes it easy for people to find valuable content for productive purposes. It helps business owners and marketers to familiarize their voice among the audience, and build robust relationships with customers.

1:08 6 Reasons Why Podcasts Should Be Transcribed

Following are some of the reasons why podcasts should be transcribed:

The first one is for marketing and for search engine access: Podcasts have become one of the hottest marketing tools over the past few years, which can be used to educate and spread information to a wide range of audience. Once the podcast is transcribed into valuable content with relevant keywords it becomes easily searchable by search engines. Accurate transcription of podcasts allows search engines to crawl through the transcript and improve its online visibility.

Another reason is some just prefer to read: Podcast transcripts can be used by people who prefer to read rather than listen.

Another reason is seek the attention of foreign audiences: Non-English speakers may find it difficult to understand the podcast due to the speed of the verbal delivery. Transcription of podcast is useful for such audiences and with the help of the transcript, they will be able to follow what is being said.

Wider access to everyone is another reason. The main advantage of podcast transcription is that it assures access to everyone, like hearing-impaired people or people with Auditory Processing Disorder. People who have difficulty hearing can imbibe the podcast content by reading the transcript and people with APD can use the transcripts and listen to the podcast so that it is easier for them to process the podcast content.

Another reason is to repurpose your content: The text content of a podcast can be archived and used for future references. Another advantage of podcast transcription is that the transcribed content can be used for developing another article or blog, for email marketing campaign, infographics or social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter and so on.

Another reason is finding, quoting and sharing valuable content: Transcribing podcasts into valuable content helps in sharing valuable information to a larger audience. Bloggers can use quotes from a podcast transcript which can increase exposure for the podcast. This improves the chances that others will link back to the material and helps drive traffic to the site.

03:11 Two Methods of Podcast Transcription

So, Transcribing Your Podcast

Automated Transcription: So, an automated transcription the audio file is converted into written format with the help of voice recognition software. The AI tool listens to the audio and transcribes the contents. It ensures about 80% to 95% accuracy, and that’s depending on the outliers of background noises and how clearly the voices are speaking.

And other option is manual transcription: This is a process of transcribing the audio file with the help of a transcriptionist. Professional transcriptionists are trained experts who can convert spoken words into text easily. There are reliable transcription services that offer accuracy rate of around 99%. And they also have various levels of quality checks to provide the best results. The common turnaround time for these projects is also a lot less.

4:02 How Manual Transcription Is Better than Automated Transcription

So, Why Choose Manual Transcription Over Automated Transcription?

Well, Automated transcription technology, also known as voice recognition software, has been around for some years now but it often fails to perform professional transcription of excellent quality and accuracy. This is mainly because automation software is not capable of understanding slurred speech and words with heavy accents and even can’t differentiate between speakers. All of this can lead to poor quality transcripts. Moreover, voice recognition is entirely based on algorithms that are designed to understand clearly spoken English by sound patterns.

Manual transcription on other hand, is performed by human transcriptionists who can differentiate between speakers, identify different dialects and speech patterns, and even address the challenge posed by background noise. These professional transcriptionists, they are knowledgeable in terminologies specific to each type of business, and therefore the chances of any mistakes are low. So, if you want accurate podcast transcripts you can approach a reliable transcription company and these services ensure accurate and time-stamped transcripts at affordable prices.

To learn more about our services in transcription you can go to our website at legaltranscriptionservice.com

Thank you so much.

Meet Microsoft Word’s New Built-In Transcription Feature

Meet Microsoft Word’s New Built-In Transcription Feature

A Tulsa, Oklahoma based transcription company, MOS Legal Transcription Service has vast experience in providing transcription solutions for the legal, financial, insurance, and media sectors. We have the technology and skilled manpower to successfully handle projects of any size.

Today Julie Clements, one of our Chief Solutions Officers discusses Microsoft Word’s new built-in transcription feature.

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Hello, my name is Julie Clements. I’m the Chief Solutions Officer here at Managed Outsource Solutions. Today, I wanted to talk to you about Microsoft Word’s new built-in transcription feature and its document conversions in real-time.

Businesses use digital transcription services to convert bulk audio recordings of interviews, meetings, or calls into well-formatted text documents. So, there are several innovative tools that transcribe audio into text. The latest is Microsoft Word’s built-in transcription feature, Transcribe in Word. Available exclusively for Microsoft 365 subscribers, this new option can automatically capture an entire conversation or meeting with multiple speakers into text and ready for inclusion in a document.

Users report that Microsoft 365 saves time and effort with transcription and voice commands in Word. This feature needs an internet connection to work and can be accessed using the Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser.

00:58 Key Features of Microsoft 365

Some of the key features and benefits of Transcribe are:

  • With Transcribe, you can record audio or video directly in Word or upload an audio or video file recorded outside of Word, such as on your phone using a calling and video conferencing app.
  • Currently available only for American English, but will work in future for any language you set as your preference in Word, according to www.pcmag.com.
  • Transcribe supports .mp3, .wav, .m4a, or .mp4 files and files of any size can be uploaded.
  • It works on any computer with any meeting software and is expected to be available soon for both Android and iOS phones.
  • Transcribe uses AI to transcribe the conversation.
  • It allows you to focus on the conversation. So, you can listen, think and talk “without also feverishly typing notes” at the same time.
  • Also, audio and video files are uploaded and securely saved in your OneDrive account.
  • It can transcribe and identify multiple speakers and labels them as “Speaker 1,” “Speaker 2,” and so on, allowing the user to easily follow the flow of the transcript.
  • The transcript appears alongside the Word document, along with the recording. This allows you to include the entire transcription in your document or just certain quotes.

So, to lay out the full transcript in Word, you click “add all to document” and this also makes it easy to share the document.

  • After the meeting, you can play back the time-stamped recording and make any necessary edits to the transcript.
  • You can leverage your transcript to produce great content, such as add a quote from an interview with a simple click on the plus icon on any line of the transcript.

One of the most important benefits of Word’s Transcribe tool is that it saves time, according to the PC Mag article. When you record directly in Word, the transcription is done in the background as you record, which means that the final transcription is completed fast. The text cannot be viewed on the page as it would be when you are dictating. The transcript would be available after the recording is saved and transcribed.

Any number of meetings and conversations can be recorded and transcribed live, but only 300 minutes (5 hours) of audio can be uploaded a month and audio files cannot be more than 200MB. That’s what techrepublic.com had noted.

03:22 Limitations of Transcribe

So, however users have also highlighted some of Transcribe’s limitations. Some of what Tech Republic had noted was the following:

  • It is not available in the desktop Word app on Windows or macOS, and only available in Word on the web.
  • You need to have a Microsoft 365 subscription and be using either Chrome or the new Edge browser.
  • Accuracy is not perfect and certain words get converted into asterisks in the transcript.
  • While the transcript can be edited in the application’s pane, neither spellcheck or search works there. So, to edit it easily, you need to add the text to the document.
  • Multiple transcripts cannot be added to the same document, which means that to use multiple sources for research, a new document has to be created for each one.
  • It is not possible to buy additional transcription minutes for uploads. So, if it’s longer, you are kind of out of luck.

04:16 Tips to Use Transcribe Effectively

The following tips can help you use this tool more effectively, according to the PCMag article:

  • One will be to rename speakers and double check quotes when using them.
  • Add text to your document in blocks or as one piece, based on your needs.
  • Also, take note of time stamps as it can help you back up the audio to listen again and check for any mistakes in the transcript.
  • Check for unnecessary capitalization of words.
  • Also look out for those asterisks we were talking about.

Transcribe would be a good option when you want a quick transcription solution for an interview, discussion, or meeting. However, when transcribing audio and video in bulk, an audio transcription service would be more practical.

If you have any more questions or want to learn more about your transcription or transcription service, please visit our website at www.legaltranscriptionservice.com/.

Thank you so much!

 

Top Ergonomic Tips for Working from Home

Top Ergonomic Tips for Working from Home

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, MOS Legal Transcription Service is a professional business transcription service company providing effective support for legal clients, students, media personnel, and the business community.

In today’s podcast, Julie Clements, Chief Solutions Officer at Managed Outsource Solutions discusses top ergonomic tips for working from home.

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Hello my name is Julie Clements. I am the Chief Solutions Officer here at Managed Outsourced Solutions. As a lot of us are working from home right now due to the pandemic, I wanted to talk about some of the top ergonomic tips for working from home.

So, more than seven months have passed since companies – actually, my goodness, it’s been even more than that we’re getting close to a year it feels like – switched to work-from-home policies to keep going as the pandemic changed our lives. Fortunately, strategies like video meetings supported by digital transcription services are helping organizations to communicate with their employees seamlessly and to get their work done. However, for many people, working from a bed or kitchen counter that’s too high or too low has led to back, neck and shoulder pain and other issues and problems. Making some simple modifications to your working arrangements at home can help you stay productive, injury free and healthy.

00:53 Survey Report on Poor Ergonomics

The common reasons for neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers is poor ergonomics when you’re seated in front of your computer or laptop. HR Reporter referenced a University of Cincinnati survey of their 4,300 staff and 4,200 faculty members which found that:

  • Many remote workers do not have the tools they need to be comfortable working from home.
  • While 58% have some type of office chair, 27% use dining chairs while 15 per cent work sitting on beds or couches.
  • Up to 41% use chairs that were too low, which resulted in poor body or poor head posture, while 63 per cent sit on chairs with a hard surface.
  • While 53% of the workers have armrests on their chairs, 32% do not use them or the armrest is improperly adjusted, which is about 18 percent and this can cause contact stress on forearms and strain across the upper back.
  • More than 90 per cent of workstations have a hard, sharp edge. We are all not doing this right.
  • 69% do not use the support of the back of the chair and 73% often do not have the lumbar support.

 These are incredibly funny and looking that everything I’m doing wrong, as I’m going through all of these!

02:10 Tips for a Safe, Ergonomic Work-From-Home Setup

 These findings show just how important it is to have a comfortable work-from-home arrangement to ensure the long-term health of remote workers. Here are five top tips for a safe, ergonomic work-from-home arrangement:

  • First is to ensure you have correct chair height. Looks like I need to do some shopping. So you need to use a chair that will maintain the natural alignment of your spine. The chair’s height should be adjusted so that your elbows rest at the height of your table. This is important to keep your wrists in the correct position and prevent carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • Use the right desk/table: There should be sufficient space under the desk for comfortable placement of your knees, thighs and feet. A desk that is too low or too high should be adjusted so that you can sit correctly. This means you should sit comfortably as close as possible to your desk with your upper arms parallel to your spine. Use a wrist pad or pad the edge if your desk has a hard edge. Don’t store things under your desk.
  • Maintain good posture: To understand good desk posture, you need to understand what bad desk posture means. So, rounding your upper back and shoulders hunching forward when you sit at your computer is bad. It can lead to pain and it stresses your back, your shoulder, and your neck muscles. So, ensure that your computer screen is level with your eyes and your eyeline is level with your web browser’s address bar. If your screen is too low, it will make you flex forward which will affect your neck.
  • Ensure adequate equipment spacing: Ideally, you need a dedicated space for a long-term work-from-home arrangement. If you do not have one, find one. Find a niche where you can space out more properly. Your home or office space should be able to accommodate all the equipment you need to do your work – the laptop, external keyboard and mouse, and monitor (if you have one) as well as any other necessary material. Place your mouse within easy reach at the same time and the same level as keyboard.
  • Don’t work from the couch or bed, if possible: It can be tempting to work from a soft bed or couch but this is not good for your body. It can lead to a lot of problems, including numbness. It will likely ruin your posture by encouraging you to slump your shoulders and lean forward. A Healthline article explains that even if you sit in your bed, you’re still sitting on an uneven surface for an extended period of time and having the monitor at an incorrect height, and likely curving your back. So, this can create pain either immediately or over time, which can also decrease sleep quality.
  • Make sure you change your position frequently. So, take breaks. As you sit at your desk, it’s important to vary your posture often to avoid back, neck and shoulder pain. Eric Robertson (he’s a physical therapist and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association) says it’s best to alternate your position about every hour. Experts also recommend taking regular breaks. So, an ideal option would be to walk around and stretch for five minutes after an hour of work. This will help relax your body and keep you alert. Another break you should take is from the computer screen. Do follow the 20/20 rule, says the BU Today. For every 20 minutes spent looking at a computer screen, spend 20 seconds looking at something else at a distance of 20 feet. This will reduce strain on the eye muscles.

 So, while ergonomics is paramount when working from home, having the right tools, technology and services to support online work is also critical. Forbes reports that 30% of IT executives surveyed by ESG believe that, from a technology perspective, the ability of workers to effectively incorporate online collaboration tools into daily work patterns will be the most significant lasting change of the COVID-19 pandemic. With video conferencing being a top online communication tool, efficient video transcription services can ensure that the content is accurately documented for reference and easy access.

So go through this again, let us make sure that we are all doing these correctly. If you have any other further questions, feel free to go to our website. I posted this article on our website www.legaltranscriptionservice.com.

 Thank you for listening!