Do you ever feel exhausted when you get out of work, but have no idea why? Is it that you’re straining your eyes too much by staring at the computer screen? Could it be your back that’s killing you, and even the slightest movement causes pain. Perhaps it’s carpal tunnel ravaging the nerves in your wrist. If any of these situations sounds familiar, it’s safe to say that you need a workstation overhaul.
Before we delve into the details, here’s a basic overview of how you should be sitting at your desk:
If you follow these pointers, you’ll be healthier and more comfortable while in the office. Doing this will increase your productivity levels and allow you to get more done in the same amount of time. CNet suggests a variety of ways to revamp and improve your workstation ergonomics.
Sit Down, and Take a Load off Your Feet
Once you discover your most comfortable sitting position you can optimize your workstation experience. Sit down in your chair and relax. You can lean back a bit and even close your eyes (just don’t fall asleep). When your shoulders relax and your hands fall to your lap, you’ll know you hit the sweet spot for comfort. Believe it or not, you can work like this all day if you want to.
Keyboard and Mouse Positioning.
Start by picturing your ideal workstation setup in your head. Try sitting down just like you were in the previous step, then attempt to use your keyboard or mouse. Your keyboard shouldn’t be more than two inches above the thighs, and should allow your elbows to fall to your sides during use. If your current desk doesn’t allow for this, you may need a keyboard tray. Using one gives you more room on your desk.
When you get into the correct position, you should notice that your hands are about a shoulders-width apart, and parallel to your thighs. Now, it’s all about getting that wrist position down. Using a wrist rest can lead to poor blood circulation and even pinched nerves, resulting in carpal tunnel. To avoid this, arch your wrists slightly, and avoid laying them flat against the surface. This will make using the keyboard more comfortable and less stressful on them.
Manage Your Monitors.
The next step toward an ergonomic workstation is optimizing your monitor arrangement. When you extend your arm fully, you should only be able to graze the monitor with the tips of your fingers. If you use multiple monitors, they should be set side-by-side at a sight angle. When you pan your arm in an arc, your middle finger should barely graze each screen. In terms of height, your browser search bar should be around eye-level, and you can minimize glare by tilting your screens downward slightly.
Your Workplace Throne
The last part of optimizing your ergonomic workspace is choosing whether to get a new chair or keep the one you have. If your current chair does not provide proper lower back support, you might want to consider an upgrade. However, if it has proper lumbar support, you should be fine. Make sure there’s a bit of space between the back of your legs and the seat of your chair. If your feet are still hanging after your adjustments, pick up a nice comfy footrest to prevent jello-foot syndrome (when your feet go to sleep).
Naturally, people work best when they are comfortable. Discomfort can prevent you or your employees from reaching the maximum level of productivity. Do you have any favorite methods to increase comfortability in the workplace? Let us know in the comments.