We’ve all heard a lot about the importance of ergonomics. Keyboards are now curved with two groups of keys. A computer mouse could take the form of a tracking ball. We’re encouraged to take breaks often and not spend the entire day sitting at our desks. But for those of us who do need to spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, it’s important to know the best possible arrangement of office furniture to reduce repetitive stress injuries or conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Though many office chairs have an option to recline, upright posture is important for the health of your back. Raise your chair so your feet rest flat on the floor, but consider putting a foot stool under your desk so blood doesn’t setting in your lower extremities. If you have arm rests, make sure they’re adjusted to support your arms in a resting position while your shoulders are lowered. Arm rests that are too high can cause headaches and if they’re too low, what’s the point of having them there at all?
Once your office chair is adjusted properly and is at a good height for the length of your legs so your feet are comfortably on the floor or an under-desk foot stool, adjust the height of your office desk so your lower arms can rest flat against the top of your desk while your back is straight. For many people, especially those of us who are all the tall side, we might find that our desks are too low relative to our chairs, which can cause slouching and back discomfort.
Computer monitor adjustment
While sitting at your office desk, you should be able to look straight ahead to see your monitor. If you spend your time looking too far down or up, neck strain can be induced, causing tense shoulders. It’s also important to adjust your monitor for the best contrast and visual comfort. Avoid monitors that are burning out and no longer show images or text clearly, as these will eventually cause eye strain.
Ergonomics can help reduce long-term injuries from sitting at a desk all day. No matter how comfortable your working arrangement becomes, however, it’s always important to take regular breaks and walk around. Make sure you focus your eyes on both nearby and far-away objects rather than just stare at your monitor for hours at a time. Following these steps can keep you in better shape, which, in the end, will increase your work productivity. If you need help with creating a comfortable work area for increased productivity, contact us for more information.