Ergonomics is the study of how to design furniture and equipment to fit the human body. Creating an ergonomically sound office space at home can increase your productivity and prevent injury or other conditions such as neck or back pain.
- The Right Chair
Many businesspersons spend the majority of their day sitting down, so purchasing a chair with an adjustable height option and ergonomic backrest can go a long way toward maintaining proper posture and avoiding back problems associated with sitting incorrectly. It is ideal to sit with your back straight, legs at a 90-degree angle, and your feet flat on the floor. If your feet don’t reach the floor, consider a footrest to keep them at the right angle and elevation.
- A Good Desk
Your desk is another integral part of your home office, and choosing a desk that is the right height, depth, and width can increase your productivity and prevent strain on your back, elbows, or arms. Make sure that your desk is at the right height for you so that you aren’t hunched over it or reaching up to write or type, keeping in mind that you ideally want your forearms resting parallel to the floor as you work to avoid arm and wrist problems.
- Proper Computer Use
Given that most desk work is done at a computer, ensuring an ergonomic setup is key. Keep your monitor directly in front of you at a comfortable angle for your neck to avoid cramping or pain. Your posture while typing should keep your hands directly in front of you with your wrists straight. You can also use a wrist rest to keep additional strain off your wrists, and make sure to keep your mouse level with your keyboard.
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