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Home Office Ergonomics How To's

Home Office Ergonomics How To's

Home Office How-To's

Practicing good ergonomics in your home office can help prevent pain and injuries resulting from repetitive motions and awkward potions as you work.  Choosing the right equipment and setting up your home office for optimum ergonomics can help to prevent strain, pain, and injury as you work.  But when setting up your home office, who knows the right way to make your set up ergonomically friendly? You will. Use these simple how to’s to get your home office in shape. 

  • Evaluate your space. Place your desk in an area that will give you optimal maneuverability in your space. By choosing an ergonomic desk, you not only will optimize your floor space but also the available workspace. Remember place items on your desk in an arms length and keep your monitor at least 20 inches from your face.  
  • Your home office chair should easily roll around. If you have carpeting in your home office obtaining a chair mat is a good idea. This will reduce your risk of turning over and allow you to move freely in your office space.
  • Keep any items such as plants, filing cabinets, and chairs away from your workspace. Avoid any clutter around and under your desk. Keep the move freely attitude and maintain good ergonomic postures while working and you are on your way to a home office that is ergonomically healthy.  
  • As you choose your equipment the keyword is adjustability. Chairs, desks, and monitors should all have the ability to be adjusted to accommodate your needs. Proper height of your desk, chairs, and your monitor is crucial for good ergonomics. The chair should have backrest, seat, armrest, and height adjustments.  The desk should be height adjustable.  Your monitor should have an adjustment for tilt and be sized properly so you can place it twenty inches directly in front of you.  

The goal of good ergonomics in your home office is to maintain your body in a relaxed, neutral position as you work.  Awkward positions and reaching and stretching can cause strain, and pain.