Is your workspace ergonomic? Are you comfortable throughout the day? Do you ever catch yourself slouching in your chair, straining your neck to see your computer screen, or fidgeting your legs because you’ve been sitting too long? Sounds like it might be time for an ergonomic workspace refresh! Check out the tips below to make your workspace work better for YOU.
Set Up a Sit Stand Workstation
Whether you switch out your standard desk for a sit stand desk or simply add a standing desk converter, creating a workspace where you can both sit AND stand will drastically improve the ergonomics and flexibility of your office. Some people use the term ‘standing desk’, but a fixed height standing desk has the same major problem as a fixed height seated desk: you can’t change positions throughout the day. A sit stand workstation that allows you to easily transition from sitting to standing (and back) is a good investment in your own health, wellness, and comfort.
Get Yourself an Adjustable Monitor Arm
If the majority of your work is computer-based, being able to adjust the height and tilt of your monitor(s) will allow you to reduce strain on your neck and eyes. Check out this guide for how to set up an ergonomic workcenter, including how to adjust your monitor for optimal ergo positioning. One thing you may not know is that the monitor position usually needs to be adjusted when you change positions between sitting and standing. An articulating monitor arm will allow you to easily adjust your monitor and keep your posture in check.
Add Desktop Task Lighting
Overhead lights are often too bright or poorly arranged. Desktop task lights allow you to put the right level of light right where you need it so you don’t strain your eyes. Warmer lights can also be beneficial for your mood. Using task lights instead of overhead lights can save on energy costs and help you create a more comfortable work environment.
Check Your Seated & Standing Posture
Poor posture at work contributes to a variety of health issues, including headaches, eye fatigue, and discomfort, especially in the legs, wrists, shoulder, neck and back. With ideal posture, the head aligns over the pelvis, the shoulders are back, and the muscles are balanced. Acceptable working postures include: