Working remotely has always been an option in many companies, but in recent years, it has become more and more common to work at home. While this employment option helps reduce travel time and money spent, it can negatively affect our body’s health, if we are not cautious. For example, if we are sitting at a desk chair and looking at a monitor for long periods of time.
That is when the importance of Workplace Ergonomics comes into play. This is the “science of designing the workplace, keeping in mind capabilities and limitations of the worker.” (ergoplus.com) By keeping in mind proper workplace ergonomics, the worker avoids musculoskeletal injuries and negative productivity and quality in their work.
Avoid Sitting in a Chair for too long!
Research has shown us that sitting for long periods of time can cause health problems such as obesity and heart problems. There have also been studies that if you sit for more than eight hours at a time, you have the same amount of health risks as if you were a smoker. Here are a few helpful tips when working at your computer:
- Take breaks periodically (every 30 minutes, every hour, etc.)
- Try using a standing desk or a high table to counter
- If you are on the phone, try standing and walking around
Common Workplace Injuries
Common workplace injuries results from poor positioning of your computer. For example, poor positioning of the Computer Monitor can cause your neck and shoulders to strain, and poor positioning of the Keyboard and Mouse can cause you to have carpal tunnel and multiple strains in your hands and wrists.
Useful Ergonomic Positioning
This allows the entire body to be positioned correctly when sitting at a desk. It starts by positioning the height of your chair to match the length of your lower leg. This allows your feet to be flat on the ground and will help you sit at a 90-degree angle.
Once you sit at that angle at your hips, that will direct you where to put your arm rests, the keyboard and mouse, and the desk.
Hold your back and your head straight.
When you place your monitor, make sure that it is arm’s length from your body. Adjust the height of the monitor so that the top of the screen is at or slightly below eye level.
When you use your mouse, make sure that your wrist, elbow and shoulder are being moved.
By maintaining proper body and computer positioning, you will better enjoy your remote work and avoid workplace injuries.
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