Have neck pain? Your workstation could be to blame!
We work on and with computers every day, so it was only a matter of time until we started focusing on improving ergonomics in our office as well as assisting clients. Now, we’re not about to start an “ergonomic” service, but we do like to help clients anyway that we can to create a productive, safe and comfortable workplace.
What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment.
Without getting too technical, Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) affect the muscles, nerves and tendons. Work related MSDs are one of the leading causes of lost workday injuries and illness. No matter what industry you’re in, you face risks because you’re performing the same or similar tasks repetitively.
So like we said, if we see opportunities to help improve our clients’ office environments like adjusting a monitor height or position, we will. But we wanted to arm you with these five important (and commonly ignored) ergonomic tips.
5 Tips to Improve Your Workstation
(1) Your head, neck and “trunk” should be forward facing (not twisted).
(2) Your chair should provide support for your lower back.
(3) The top of your screen should be at or below eye level so you can read it without bending your head or neck.
(4) Your forearms, wrists and hands should be straight and in-line when using a keyword or mouse.
(5) Upper arms and elbows should be close to the body (not extended outward).
For a full ergonomics checklist, click here.