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Upgrading to Avoid Injury


Did you know that open office (the euphemism for cubicle farm) workers made only half as many ergonomic adjustments to their workstations as did those in quiet offices? This lack of proactive problem-solving resulted in an increase in repetitive strain injuries (RSI), such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and workers comp. Plus, they were just uncomfortable. It’s like cramming into coach for a Trans-Atlantic flight when a lush First Class seat is available. Why torture yourself needlessly?

Here are some possible ergonomic adjustments that may help YOU work more comfortably, and more productively, regardless of your office’s style or set-up:

ProCurve mulitmedia keyboard

The beauty of an ergonomically-designed keyboard is that it makes typing (what you spend a lot of time doing) more natural by positioning your hands and wrists more comfortably. An since you probably sit most of the day, back support can help you not go home stiff and cranky.

I’ll be honest with you. First Class seats are available for every flight we take. I could trade up for a First Class seat and get my toddler off my lap, but I’d be paying a lot for it. As it is, I choose to suck up the discomfort because it’s only 1 day and I foolishly think I can handle 12 hours of discomfort. Now, work, on the other hand is daily. Trading up for daily results is a lot more reasonable. It all comes down to doing what you can to increase comfort and therefore avoid stress injuries.