Ergonomics seems like one of those important but dull subjects that we do not like to think about. If you struggle with injuries associated with working long hours at a computer, it may be time to start learning about why it is so important.
The typical multitude of workplace accidents are almost always due to repetitive stress injuries from poor ergonomics and posture. Working at a computer for prolonged periods can be damaging to your overall health.
Computer Ergonomics is the study of how we interact with computers – The goal of this study is to try to find solutions to strain, fatigue, and injuries caused by poor product design or workplace layout, ultimately making the workplace a more comfortable and relaxed place to work.
More and more people are operating from home in order to minimize the number of coronavirus infections. We want you to work pain free no matter where you are. Sure, working on the couch sounds like a dream. But, after a few days, you might be fighting aches and pains. Good ergonomics ultimately ensures maximum comfort and safety, enhancing your productivity, all while keeping you healthy and pain-free.
Here are some Ergonomic Tips to include into your work style to improve your productivity and overall well-being:
1) Office Chair:
Make sure your chair is adjusted so that you can sit in a natural, comfortable position. Many office chairs are designed specifically to support the lower back and promote good posture.
2) Keyboard and Mouse:
Keep the keyboard at a comfortable height: To avoid wrist strain, keep the keyboard in a position that allows you to keep your wrists straight and relaxed. Many desks include a keyboard tray that allows you to keep your keyboard at a more comfortable height. You can also purchase an ergonomic keyboard, which is designed to reduce wrist strain. Keep the mouse next to the keyboard. If the mouse is too far away, reaching for it may cause discomfort.
Set the display monitor at a reasonable distance: A monitor should be 50 to 70 centimeters away from your eyes. It should also be above or just below eye level. A frequent cause of computer vision syndrome and back and neck injuries is positioning the computer display that is not level with your eyeline.
4) Take frequent breaks:
It is important to take breaks while you are working at your computer. To avoid eye strain, you should look away from the monitor occasionally. You can also stand up and walk around to avoid sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Programs such as Workrave can automatically remind you to take breaks.
5) Reduce Screen Glare:
To stop headaches and computer vision syndrome, make sure the monitor’s light is roughly equal to the light in the area around it. If you often have computer vision, it might be time to change the brightness of your computer screen. If you do have screen glare, you can cover your computer with an anti-glare filter and wear anti-glare glasses.
These are but a few of the tips you can utilize to customize your space to suit you. Take care of your wellness and your productivity will follow.