Ergonomics Do More Than Just Make Your Job Easy

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Ergonomics can help you be more productive

If you sit at your desk and use a computer during the day, you know the feeling: neck or back pain from bending over. Sore wrists from clattering on a keyboard. Leg pain when you get up for the first time in hours.

The good news is that all of these ailments can be avoided. Better yet, by focusing on ergonomics—by trying to reduce strain, fatigue, and injury through improvement in product design and workspace layout—you can reduce and even reverse the problems you’ve caused over the years.

In the field of ergonomics, the end goal is simple: a comfortable, relaxed posture that can help us avoid work-related injuries, which the CDC estimates can cause employers and companies billions of dollars each year. Achieving this can take many different forms. Below are some strategies that CMIT Solutions has put together.

No matter how big or small your monitors are, with the monitor at eye level, ideal positioning is achieved. A few centimeters of deviation in either direction can cause neck pain. An easy way to test this is to sit back in your office chair and stretch out your right arm – are your fingers pointing toward the center of the screen? If not, change the height to allow for a natural look down. Other important components are screen distance (can you read text on it without leaning forward?), screen reflection, screen angle, screen orientation, and reading comfort.

The benefits of proper use of the monitor for your posture and your eyes have been scientifically researched and proven. In addition, there is plenty of room for further improvement. Providing dual monitors can increase productivity, enable more agile multitasking, and empower employees to work smarter, not harder. This is especially true for working with large data sets, fine and creative arts, and other industries where speed and precision are of the utmost importance.

The ideal keyboard height is about two inches above the knees. But many desks aren’t built that way — and your wrists and fingers suffer as a result. If your desk is too high, try a sliding keyboard tray that slopes downward so you can keep your wrists in a vertically neutral position. Split ergonomic keyboards can also reduce pain and discomfort. The rise of the wireless mouse has exacerbated such problems, with many modern office workers leaving their device all over their desk. Ergonomic experts say your keyboard and mouse should be within reach without leaning forward and used with straight, straight hands, elbows comfortably bent at your side, and relaxed shoulders.

We may not think highly of our office chairs, but when we sit in them eight hours a day, any small change can have serious consequences for our bodies. The best office chairs have adjustable height settings and lumbar support that supports the upper and middle back. You should be able to sit comfortably without thigh compression and with your feet flat on the floor, and the seat should provide at least an inch of extra room around your hips and thighs. Standing desks are all the rage these days, but experts say the best option is a desk that can be used while seated or standing, motivating you to switch positions throughout the day. Frequent exercise is essential for good spinal health.

There is perhaps no image more indicative of our modern times than crowds of people all bent over the small screens of their smartphones. But when you tilt your head at such an angle, you increase the weight of your head (and the pressure on your neck) by up to six times. Try to adjust your posture so that you can hold your phone at or near eye level.

Ultimately, every office worker should be able to work relatively comfortably, with technology and furniture that is tailored to their body and preferences. It’s worth the cost too; Scientific research has shown that ergonomic investments can yield a return of up to 10 to 1. And when employees can do their jobs safely and with a focus on efficiency and productivity, the likelihood of injuries and time off is far less.

Would you like to learn more about office ergonomics and the benefits for your company? Curious about the benefits of dual monitors or other productivity boosters? Need more information about the tips listed above? Contact CMIT Solutions today. We take care of the IT so you don’t have to.

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