October 16, 2014
Improper desk set up which strains your back & wrists, may lead to repetitive stress-injuries, poor posture, headaches and neck pain. An ergonomic workstation will allow you to be more comfortable when working for prolonged hours at your home or office computer. As a matter of fact, proper desk set up will increase your productivity since you’ll feel less stiff & achy, thus allowing you to easily focus on the tasks at hand. Keeping your workstation-ergonomically correct will prevent tension build up in the body, maintain alertness & prevent chronic injuries. All the things you need to use should be quite easy to reach so as to help you maintain a good and comfortable posture whilst conducting your day to day work. Some simple adjustments to the workstation will greatly enhance your work experience.
Computer Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse
Desktop computers are the best choice-for an ergonomic workstation since the monitor & keyboard are separate & can be easily adjusted to give you a comfortable working position. In case you use a notebook or a laptop, an external keyboard or monitor will help create a proper ergonomic setup. Your monitor needs to be centered right in front-of you and you should be an arm’s length away-from it when seated comfortably in your working chair. The monitor’s top should be at your eye’s level. You shouldn’t have to tilt your-head so as to comfortably view the screen. You should also have adequate room or space for your mouse and keyboard so as to add comfort. Your keyboard needs to be centered to your-body around the alpha numerical keys, instead of including the numerical-pad, which is generally less frequently used. Your mouse should be-at a comfortable short distance; typically to the right-of the keyboard & 1 to 2 inches above your keyboard. This will help avoid overreaching & will keep your wrist straight whenever you are using the mouse.
An adjustable chair that has lumbar-support will help reduce the back strain & discomfort. If the desk is big, a chair with wheels can be quite helpful as it’ll allow you to easily move in front-of your desk & access all the things you need without exerting pressure/strain on your back or even forcing you to stand up. Your chair should have armrests so as to reduce strain-on the arms especially when you are not typing, & be reclined to a 100 to 110 degrees, since this is a much more relaxed posture. Your chair is basically at the right-height when your eyes-are in line with your computer monitor’s top, your feet are both resting on the surface of the floor, and you don’t need to bend wrists so as to reach your mouse or keyboard.
Frequently Used Items
The frequently used items need to be kept close. Keep staplers on your desk or in your top drawer along-with notepads, pens and phone logs. Your phone should be no-more than an arm’s length away. If you’re frequently on the phone, it’s best you invest in a hands free headset. This will allow you to easily work on your computer using both hands or even take notes without cradling your phone under your chin.
Proper computer workstations are basically designed to enhance comfort and benefit the user, rather than the user having to conform to the workstation. An ergonomic workstation offers the user many physical, mental and productivity benefits.