Office ergonomics primer

August 17, 2017

Many of us spend most of our workday sitting at a desk, but many of us don’t even know if we are positioned in the right way for optimal physical health. Here are few tips from our experts:

  1. Make sure your computer screen is set high enough so that your eyes meet the top of the screen. This prevents hunching and fatigue. Try a glare screen to eliminate extra strain on the eyes.
  2. Position your chair so that your hands and wrists extend straight out towards the keyboard. This promotes a comfortable typing position.
  3. Adjust your chair position so that your knees are at the same level as your hips. You may need to use a foot support to achieve this. Make sure your chair’s armrests come into play, allowing your shoulders to relax while you type.
  4. Ask for a headset for making phone calls. Don’t cradle the phone between your head and neck in order to type.

Beyond ergonomics, pay attention to your entire office environment. Take frequent breaks from sitting too long. Go outside and allow your eyes to focus on objects further away than the shorter focal points inside your office. Get up and have a conversation with co-workers instead of emailing them. Request a desk lamp for reading documents. All these small details add up creating the best conditions for your health at the office.

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