Ergonomics is the science behind designing and arranging the things you use so that they are most efficiently and safely placed. Proper office ergonomics will design your workstation to best fit your needs so that you can work comfortably and reach maximum productivity and potential.
When ergonomics is properly implemented, you will notice a reduction in musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel, back and neck strain, and fatigue. Because of the health benefits ergonomics poses, it is only to your advantage to make your office as ergonomically friendly as possible.
Here are 6 ways to take your office to the next ergonomic level:
Your office chair holds the key to having proper ergonomics and posture. You will want to be sure your chair offers lumbar support, a backrest, and an adjustable seat. It’s important to read your chairs instruction manual to be sure you fully understand all the adjustments your chair has to offer.
When making adjustments, be sure to position your chair so that your feet are flat on the floor, your knees and hips create a straight line, parallel to the floor and finally make sure the back of your knees are able to extend beyond the edge of your seat.
Being squashed under a desk can add strain and fatigue to the body, so make sure your desk offers enough space for your legs and feet to rest flat on the floor at 90 degrees. Some desks will allow you to adjust the height, so be on the lookout for that feature. Additionally, arrange the items on your desk so that your most widely used accessories are within easy reach and use.
If possible, upgrade your desk to a sit-and-stand workstation. Having the ability to mix up your stance helps to burn more calories, decrease your risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease, and increases energy and productivity levels.
Your monitor should be directly in front of you at arm’s length away, with the top of the screen at or slightly below eye level and slightly tilted to avoid light glare.
Keyboard and Mouse
Your keyboard and mouse should be close together and positioned so that your arms make a 90-degree angle at the elbow. Keyboard trays are great at keeping the keyboard and mouse within easy reach and at the right arm length. If you don’t have one, consider having one installed or make sure your chair and/or desk is at the proper height to allow the correct 90-degree angle in your arms.
Sitting in one place and position for an extended period of time is simply not good. Remember to take breaks to get up, stretch your legs and walk around. In addition to taking a walk, you’ll also want to follow the 20/20/20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second rest break and look at something 20 or more feet away from your computer screen. This will help to avoid eye fatigue and strain throughout the day.
Simple adjustments can make a world of a difference. Be sure you are taking full advantage of these simple ergonomic adjustments so you can not only work more comfortably but more efficiently too.
Innovative Office Solutions understands ergonomics and its importance to your company. Our certified designers will help you select the right furniture and will design your ergonomically safe office around your goals and expectations. Get a free quote today from IOS and let us create a virtual rendering of what your new workspace today.