Have you heard that you’re supposed to have an ergonomic workstation when using your
computer for long periods of time but have no idea how to implement such a thing? These
ten tips will introduce you to ergonomics and help you assess your computer workstation at
work and at home.
- Maintain proper posture, paying careful attention to positioning of head, neck/spine, arms/wrists, hips/thighs and feet.
- Alternate between different postures on a regular basis.
- When keyboarding, use minimum force while striking the keys.
- Keep a neutral position, where the forearms, wrists and hands are in a straight line.
- Avoid awkward reaching for work tools such as telephone, mouse and reference materials.
- Avoid resting elbows, forearms or wrists on hard surfaces or sharp edges.
- Take frequent mini-breaks throughout the day to give muscles and joints a chance to rest and recover.
- Alternate between work activities which use different muscle groups to avoid overuse.
- Give eyes a break by closing them momentarily, gazing at a distant object and blinking frequently.
- Proper exercises are a complement to a complete office ergonomics program. Consult with a health care professional to select appropriate exercises.