1. Fix Your General Office Ergonomics
The first easy change is to make the general areas of your office more ergonomic. Add padded mats in high-traffic areas like in front of the sink and copier. Make sure commonly used office items are within reach and not tucked away high in a cabinet. Let your employees take walking breaks if they need. It’s all about providing your employees with healthy options and ergonomics in the workplace.
2. Desk Ergonomics: Adjust Your Desk
The next easy change is to adjust your desk so you are sitting in an ergonomic sitting position. You should keep your knees and elbows at 90-degree angles. This reduces strain on your joints and keeps your blood flowing. Make sure you sit up straight! Your torso and legs should be at about 90 degrees as well. You can lean back slightly—just try to keep it close to 90 degrees. Desk ergonomics are different for each person, but as a general rule, keep your body at 90-degree angles.
Standing Desk Ergonomics
Standing desk ergonomics is similar to sitting desk ergonomics. Your elbows should be at 90 degrees and your monitor should be at eye level. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and stand on a padded mat to keep your back and knees in alignment and healthy. Standing desks are a great option for employees and desks that adjust from sitting to standing are becoming even more common in modern workplaces.
3. The Importance of Ergonomic Chairs
Get ergonomic chairs! Depending on how many employees you have, it may be pricey, but it will make a big difference for your employees.
We cannot stress enough the importance of ergonomic chairs. Remember in The Office when they found a budget surplus and Pam pushed for new chairs and Jim wanted a new copier? The chairs were probably the better choice. Using an ergonomic chair will save your back and keep you out of the chiropractor’s office.
An ergonomic chair should be adjustable, comfortable, and provide lower back support. Adjust your chair so it physically supports your back and lets your knees sit at 90 degrees. Also remember that an ergonomic chair is not ergonomic unless you adjust it to fit your body.
4. Computer Ergonomics
Adjust your monitor so it sits at eye level and you aren’t sitting too close or too far away. How big is your monitor? That will tell you about how far your eyes should be from your screen. If your monitor is 20 inches, then you should position it about 20 inches away from your face.
There are adjustments you can make to your hand positioning to keep your wrists and elbows from straining too much. Your wrists shouldn’t bend upward or downward. They should remain neutral when you type. Your keyboard should be placed close enough to you so your elbows can sit at 90 degrees when typing.
Start slowly swapping out your old chairs and habits for the ergonomic choice and over time you’ll see changes in your health and mood. If you’re looking for ergonomic desks and ergonomic chairs for your workplace, then give us a call. We provide modern furniture options for modern workplaces.