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7 Tips for Arranging Your Computer Workstation

7 Tips for Arranging Your Computer Workstation

7 Tips for an Ergonomic Desktop

A work environment that’s good for the body is very important. Most of us spend hours each day sitting in front of our computer. Unless our chairs, our keyboards, and our desks are ergonomically efficient our body will suffer.  The first thing youd do is ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I spend most of my time at the workstation?

  • Am I up and down during the day or do I sit virtually in one spot for most of the day? 

  • Am I looking from side to side, or do I sit directly facing one screen and spend most of the day in that position? 

  • Am I locked into one keyboard, or do I use multiple keyboards? 

  • Do I spend much of the day on the phone?

After answering the above questions, try implementing these tips for creating a workstation that best promotes your ergonomic health.

  1. Your office chair should be adjustable in height. We are not all the same height, so it makes sense you would want the ability to adjust your chair to fit you. When seated in an ergonomic position you want your chair to allow you to place your feet flat on the floor. Your office chair should also give support to your back and arms.
  2. Your office desk should accommodate all of your office equipment in a way that allows you to place your most used items (your computer, telephone, calculator, and other items) at an arm's reach. Placing items in locations that do not cause you to change your body position in awkward ways promotes ergonomic health.
  3. Place your computer monitor at eye level or just below eye level. You also want your monitor at least 20 inches away from you. 
  4. Avoid contact stress. Your keyboard needs to be in a place where you can keep your elbows close to your body and do not have continual contact with your wrist to you desk edge. This can cause contact stress and can be very painful.  Your mouse should be at no more that arms reach away
  5. Avoid awkward positions and prolonged reaching and/or stretching.  Shoulders should be relaxed with elbows close to your body.  
  6. For long phone conversations use a head set or speaker phone to avoid shoulder and neck issues.
  7. As a safety precaution, make sure the base of your chair has five feet, this optimizes chair balance.

Just following these simple tips can greatly reduce stress, strain and pain as you work.