We’ve all seen the old office ergonomics diagrams that show the monitor within arm’s reach and approximately 20-25 inches away. Legs bent at a 90-degree angle, wrists straight and supported, feet flat on the floor. While all of these points are still important, we’ve changed the way we work and, therefore, our ergonomics need to change as well.
Many of us now work on laptops and smartphones all day. Our shoulders are hunched forward, even for those of us who stand at our desks. Experts suggest taking an hourly “hunch break.” Just a brief stretch eases strain on the back and improves energy levels. At least once an hour, stand and gently stretch backwards and allow yourself to relax into the stretch. Hold on to a chair for support if you need to. The key here is gentle and easy.
Resist the temptation to hold your phone between your ear and shoulder. This position is bad for your entire body and can quickly cause issues that are slow to go away. If you spend a significant amount of time on the phone, invest in a traditional or Bluetooth headset.
Another position that can quickly result in pain is sitting. Yes, sitting. Sitting has been deemed “the new smoking” and can cause back, shoulder, hip and knee pain. Alternate sitting and standing to vary your position throughout the day. If you must sit, refer back to the trusty ergonomics drawing. A quick summary: Feet flat on the floor, lower back supported, sit up straight, forearms bent at 90-degree angle, wrists straight, monitor directly in front of you. It is still relevant, even today!
Whatever type of office you’re in, make sure that your area is ergonomically sound and conducive to being a productive office space. That may mean rearranging furniture or lighting, or bringing in something new altogether. Table Leg World offers sit-to-stand desks, adjustable and folding table legs, table legs with casters – just a few items that can help create a safe, flexible workspace.