Many of us spend the majority of our time sitting behind a desk, making it extremely important to make sure your workspace is friendly to your back and body. Here are a few tips to improve the ergonomics in your office:
1. YOUR CHAIR
Think about how much time you spend sitting in your desk chair. It's important to have a posture friendly chair with a comfortable cushion, arm support, an adjustable height lever, and the ability to swivel. Additionally, if you sit for hours at a time, set an alarm to remind you to get up and move around for a few minutes every hour.
2. YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN
Most of us sit above our computers, and have to tilt our head and deck down to properly view your computer screen. To reduce this strain, your computer screen should be sitting at eye level. There are a variety of laptop or monitor stands for sale, or you can simply use a stack of books until the device is eye level.
3. YOUR WORKPLACE ACCESSORIES
Take a look at your mouse and keyboard. If you are not using an ergonomic mouse and keyboard, consider replacing them. You likely spend hours resting your hands on your mouse and keyboard. Ergonomic workplace accessories will provide you with a more comfortable resting place for your hands and wrists.
4. YOUR DESK
Many studies have proved that sitting for hours a day will lead to major long-term damage to your spine. An alternative to this is a standing desk, which will help with your posture and give your lower back a break from strain.
Do you have any other suggestions for how to make your workplace more ergonomic? Share with us in the comments!