We’ve all seen the funny posts recently on social media of temporary office/desk set-ups. Whilst ironing board desks and precariously placed laptops are having to do for many, as this is likely to be more than just a few days, try and find a space where you can sit comfortably and safely whilst working.
Ergonomics is all about how your body works in a space and incorporating good ergonomics into your working space will help you to improve your efficiency and productivity but most importantly help you prevent stress or injury on your body.
- Try to work at a desk or table which has room for your knees and feet underneath so that you can sit or stand.
- If you are working with a tablet, it may be a good idea to invest in a separate mouse and keyboard so that you can position these within easy reach.
- The top of your screen should be level with your eye height. If you can’t change the height of your screen, try using some books to rise it up. The screen should be at arms length.
- Ideally, your chair should be adjustable so that when sitting, your legs are bent at a right angle and your feet are flat on the floor. If you can’t adjust your height, use cushions or books to raise yourself or your screen and books by your feet if you need a footrest.
- Try to maintain a good posture with the lower back pressed into the back of the chair and shoulders relaxed. If standing, make sure your legs, torso, neck and head are in line and that you’re not leaning or twisting to see your screen.
- Don’t sit or stand for too long – change your posture every few minutes and take regular micro-breaks away from your screen.
- If you spend a lot of time on the phone, it may be a good idea to invest in a headset as cradling it under your chin and shoulder could give you a neck or shoulder injury.