Ten Easy Ways To Improve Your Office Ergonomics
- Chair—adjust to position knees slightly lower than hips.
- Keyboard height—adjust so forearms are parallel to floor.
- Keyboard position—close and directly in front of you with slight negative tilt.
- Monitor height—top of monitor at eye level; lower if wearing bifocals.
- Monitor distance—directly ahead and about an arm’s length away.
- Avoid glare—avoid light sources directly overhead or behind monitor.
- Mouse—close and at same height as keyboard.
- Feet—flat on floor or on footrest if chair is raised.
- Phone—utilize a headset.
- Get up and move regularly!
Office & Computer Ergonomics
It’s pretty hard to escape using a computer in at least some aspect of your work these days. Most of us are using computers both at home and at work, which is why addressing the ergonomics of our computer workstations is so important.
Essential WorkWellness specializes in office and healthcare environments, with documented successful outcomes and a unique program specific to home office settings. Approved LNI Provider.
Essential WorkWellness offers varying levels of ergonomic workplace evaluation programs, based on your needs, time and budget. Ergonomic evaluations are valuable for prevention of injury or avoidance Worker’s Compensation claims as well as for the successful return to work following an injury.
- Identify potential ergonomic risk factors
- Improve workstation design and layout
- Instruct employees on workstation equipment features, and review proper posture
- Review work practices
- Recommend equipment, as needed, to encourage a neutral body position
Contact us for assistance with Ergonomic Evaluations including home office environments.
Need a clinical workstation ergonomic evaluation? See our Healthcare page.
For additional work wellness options including ADA Ergo evaluations, see our Services page.
Concerned about your children’s computer ergonomics?
Susan Murphey, principal of Essential WorkWellness, recently led Technically Cool Computing, a pilot project sponsored by the Puget Sound Human Factors and Ergonomics Society www.pshfes.org to develop a computer ergonomics learning activity module to teach students how to evaluate their interactions with computer workstations in order to reduce their risk for musculoskeletal injuries and establish lifelong habits of safe computing.