You spend a lot of time at your workstation every day, so it’s time to make it work for you. Cluttered desktops, hard-to-reach items and incorrectly adjusted office chairs all make your working day that little bit more difficult.
Try following this step-by-step guide to making your workstation more ergonomic. Just following each step in order and soon you’ll feel more comfortable, work more easily and be less inclined to aches, pains and twinges.
Step by step guide to making your workstation work for you
Step 1: Pull your chair away from your desk
Bad posture leads to all kinds of problems. It’s not only your physical health that suffers – poor posture can lead to a “foggy” mental state too. Yet sitting up too straight can be as harmful as slouching.
Pull your chair away from the desk and just sit for a moment. It’s likely you’ve have naturally settled into a more relaxed and comfortable position that you do at your desk – perhaps more like you would in the car, if you’re a driver.
This is your optimum posture – not slumped, not too straight, not tucking in your tailbone. Just relaxed and comfortable.
Step 2: Adjust chair height
If you haven’t messed around with all the levers and buttons on your chair since you first started your job, you’re almost guaranteed to be in pain at times. Modern office chairs are highly ergonomically-designed, but they don’t just magically move into position.
It can take a bit of time and effort, but work your way through each of the settings on the chair – height, angle of backrest, distance of seat – so that when you’re at your desk, your feet are on the floor (using a footrest if necessary) and your elbows and knees sit at 90 degrees.
Step 3: Check your wrist position
Repetitive strain injury or RSI is an increasing problem in the workplace. Holding your wrists in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time cause strains but worsen over time.
As you’re seated at your desk, your wrists should be fairly straight when using your keyboard – they shouldn’t bend sharply up or down to type. It’s tempting to think that the tabs at the back that tilt the keyboard towards you are essential, but they’re not.
In fact, it’s usually better to have the keyboard tilted down, away from you.
Step 4: Adjust monitor
The top of the monitor should be around eye-level so that you can scan the full screen with your eyes without craning your neck up or down. If you use multiple monitors, the same applies to each monitor – and try to ensure that your secondary monitor is not used for long periods.
The second monitor should only contain reference that you occasionally glance at – whatever you do, don’t strain for long periods typing documents on the second screen.
Once all of these adjustments are done, you might still find that your workstation isn’t ergonomically organised. The problem is your desk. Why not consider upgrading with one of our Next Day Sovereign Desks. Aptly named, the Next Day Sovereign Desks are solid, quality desks that come in a range of colours and styles to ensure that your workstation is not only ergonomically perfect but also feels professional too, and of course they are available on our express next day delivery service!
Next day delivery and a range of add-ons mean you could have your office brought bang up to date in no time! View the range here or talk to our sales advisors for help with making the right choice.