Creating an Ergonomic Workstation

In today’s increasingly technological society, we find ourselves spending more time in front of a computer screen. Office workers often spend eight or more hours a day at their workstations. All of this sitting in one place can take a toll on our bodies, especially our muscles, joints, and eyes.

It’s important that we consider ergonomics when selecting office equipment in order to maintain our health. Proper ergonomics involves making sure that each component of our workstation is well-positioned, used correctly, and built for our individual needs.

Beneficial Equipment and Positioning

First of all, make sure you’re seated in a relaxed position. It is critical that you use good posture as a complement to your ergonomic equipment and furniture. It is best to use a chair that swivels so you don’t find yourself having to contort your body into unnatural positions. Make sure that your feet are on the ground. Use a footrest if needed. A chairmat will allow you to move your chair more easily when needed.

When seated, you’ll want your upper legs to be horizontal and perpendicular to your computer screen. Your lower legs should be in a more or less straight-up-and-down position.

Keep your mouse, telephone, and other frequently used items at a comfortable distance from you. Be sure to move your mouse with your whole arm rather than relying on your hands. You’ll want to have a desk that has drawers at a natural height so you don’t have to bend or reach awkwardly to open and close them.

Choose a desk that allows you to position your monitor between 2 and 2.5 feet in front of you. Your monitor should not be at a distance where you have to strain or squint to read. Make sure your desk is a comfortable height for you, as well.

Your Body Works Hard for You. Give It a Break!

It’s very important to remember that your body requires diversity of positioning that goes beyond your lunch break. Take frequent smaller breaks to stretch your muscles and to look off into the distance. A height-adjustable table is a good option, too.


Additional Considerations

Place dry erase boards at an easily reached height. Make sure that the lighting at your workstation is adequate to avoid eyestrain. Power modules can help you avoid having to bend to access outlets.

If you’d like to learn more about ergonomics and what equipment can best help productivity and maintain good health, please contact Office Furniture Direct at (503) 546-1546.

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