office ergonomics in plain english

Keep it simple, stupid!

You’ve probably heard of ergonomics before and it’s likely you also know it’s got something to with how you sit at your desk and such. However, much of the information available online about ergonomics is filled with jargon.

There’s a reason for that. ‘Ergonomics’ is literally a science; “the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximise productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have some straightforward information on how it affects you, though? Here we give you some no-nonsense, plain-English advice on ergonomics.

Once you know how it works, ergonomics is actually really easy to understand. How you sit and work at your desk affects your body. The equipment and furniture around you affect how you use it. See? Easy.

Sitting incorrectly at your desk for long periods will cause pain over time. That lower back twinge you get after sitting all day without a break? That’s caused by your posture, which is affected by your chair and how near or far you sit from your desk/keyboard.

The sore neck you feel at the end of a work day? That’s likely caused by your monitor being at the wrong height. You’re straining your neck up or down to view the information on your screen.

The study of ergonomics has worked out the best way to sit and to arrange your office furniture so that you at in the optimum position. Luckily, though, you don’t need to understand the science.

You just need to know what to do.

Firstly, ensure that your chair is positioned correctly. Most modern office chairs are fully adjustable, but we rarely take the time to do it. Let’s do it now. Adjust the height of your chair so that your knees are about level with your hips.

You should comfortably reach your keyboard without strain. Depending on the height of the desk, you might find that having your arms at 90 degrees with wrists straight means your knees are lower than your hips, no matter how you adjust the chair.

In this case, use a footrest, or a stack of books, to raise your feet slightly.

Now make sure your monitor is placed directly in front of you, directly behind your keyboard. The top of the monitor should be at eye level. This will prevent neck strain. Also, keep items you use regularly close to hand and use a padded wrist rest if possible.

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Last Modified / Updated on: May 24, 2018 at 9:13 am

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