Easy Ergonomic Practices
Ergonomics is the concept of designing a workplace to maximize the employee’s efficiency. Having to sit at a desk all day can have negative effects on some people. For example, it can cause eye strain, back and shoulder pain, wrist pain, etc. However, this can all be avoided if you implement some easy ergonomic practices. Here are some minor ways you can fix your workspace to benefit you.
Do not strain your eyes. Keeping your monitor directly in front of and at least an arm’s length away allows your eyes to avoid the strain of the lights and constant movement.
20-20-20. Resting your eyes periodically is highly advised and the 20-20-20 rule is a great way to do this. Every 20 minutes you should take 20 seconds to look away from your monitor at something 20 feet away.
Keep your feet on the floor. Your feet should not be hanging. They should be planted flat on the floor. Your knees should also be parallel to the floor. Adjust your seat as needed. However, if your seat is not adjustable, look into a footrest that can help achieve that for you.
Key objects. Key objects are things such as a stapler, telephone, notes, etc. And they should be kept near you to avoid extensive reaching.
Buy a headset. We all know the discomfort that comes from holding the phone between our ear and shoulder. In order to avoid that, a headset is a great option that allows you to multitask while avoiding shoulder and neck pain.
No slouching. Slouching can put more pressure on the discs and vertebrae of your back and have devastating long-term effects. Be mindful of your posture at all times.
Keep arms supported. Not having support for your arms will cause all the weight to be carried by your neck and shoulders and that can be painful over long periods. Armrests and or scooting your chair up to your desk and letting your arms rest on top are good ways to add support.
Picking the right chair. A lot of these tips have something to do with the type of chair you use. Therefore, you must choose the right one. It should fit the curve of your back, have a good cushion, be adjustable, and include armrests.
Stand up and move. No one expects you to sit at your desk and never move. So, get up and move around every hour or so. You do not have to do a full yoga routine, but a few good stretches can do the trick. Maybe take the longer route when having a restroom break.
To perform at our best, we need to be at our best. Implementing these tips is an easy way to keep our productivity high and take care of our bodies at the same time. Take the little time out of your day to fix what might be wrong with your workspace.
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