Ergonomics is the study of people’s interaction with their environment and provides principles and theories for proper design of the workplace. Ergonomics is a concept that has been around for quite some time, but it is often something that we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about as we go about our workday. If you find yourself sitting at a desk for long periods of time, you may experiences aches and pains that can be eliminated with a few adjustments to your work environment. Not only does ergonomics help you be more comfortable at work, but can reduce stress, prevent injuries and improve productivity.
Below is a quick assessment you can do for your individual workstations.
- Make sure the chair height is set properly so that your elbows are at desktop level.
- Your knees should be level with your hips.
- Your feet should comfortably reach the floor. If your feet don’t reach the floor consider using a foot rest. Get creative – a stack of sturdy books or a small stool can work if you don’t want to purchase a foot rest.
- Adjust your seat back so that you have good lumbar support. Use a cushion or pillow if needed.
- The computer monitor should be directly in front of you at about arm’s length away.
- The top of your monitor should be slightly below your eye level.
- Mouse, Keyboard, Phone
- Mouse should be alongside your keyboard and make sure to keep your wrist and elbow in a natural and comfortable position.
- Keyboard should be close to the edge of your desk.
- If you are on your phone a lot, consider using a headset rather than cradling the phone between your head and neck.
- General Body Posture
- Shoulders should be relaxed.
- Position your forearms parallel to the floor or slightly angled.
- Wrists should be in a neutral position and not resting on the sharp edge of your desk.
- Upper arms should be close to the side of your body.
What tips do you have for making your workplace more comfortable?