You might think that working at a desk and sitting while working is much more relaxed than working while standing up. However, prolonged sitting and computer usage can come with its own set of risks. Therefore, it’s a good idea to practice good office ergonomics. That way, you reduce the fatigue you end up experiencing…
Office Ergonomics: Reduce Fatigue
Watch your posture
Posture is an important part of good office ergonomics. If you have poor posture, then your body will become more strained than it should be. For most people, their posture will be poor either due to bad monitor placement, or bad sitting habits. Correcting both can help improve your posture dramatically.
Make sure your computer monitor is directly in front of you, and at eye level. This will help keep your neck and shoulders relaxed. When sitting, don’t slouch or arch your back in a weird way. Instead, make sure your hips are as far back as they can be, and let the chair shape your posture.
Check your mouse and keyboard
The position of your mouse and keyboard are also important for proper office ergonomics. If your mouse and keyboard are too far away, then you’re stretching out your arms unnecessarily, putting strain on them. Plus, you also need to watch how much pressure you place on your wrists when using these devices.
Ideally, your mouse and keyboard should be set at a position that puts your arms at a 90-degree angle. This is a natural position which minimizes the strain places on them. Other accessories, such as wrist supports, can also help reduce the pressure you place onto your wrists. This will help prevent things such as carpal tunnel.
Take some breaks
Even if your office posture is perfect, staying in the same position all day isn’t healthy. You’re body is going to need a break every now and again. That’s why you should be sure you should get up and stretch every now in again.
In general, taking a break every hour or so is a good idea. When taking your break, try to do some light stretches, especially for the hands, arms, wrists, and neck. It might be a good idea to alternate between working while sitting and standing up if possible!