Does the office leave your back aching after a hard day of work? If it does, you might find yourself in need of office ergonomics to support your back and posture. Otherwise, you may end up with other posture ailments later in life. Here are a few ways to optimize your workspace for a more efficient and ergonomic environment.
The focal point of any office space is your desk — which may cause unintended pain due to being too low or high. If the desk is low, you are not going to be able to maintain proper posture in your knees. Your thighs should rest parallel to the ground, and your knees should be at a right angle to maintain this position.
The next thing in your office that is important to maintaining good posture and body alignment is a suitable chair. Most chairs in an office have an adjustable height. You are going to want to adjust the height, so your chair sits at a level where your feet are flat on the ground. If your chair is elevated farther than it should, you won’t be able to place your feet on the ground. If it is too low, your thighs will be angled towards the ceiling.
Talking on the phone is rarely associated with bad office ergonomics, but if you use the phone often, you should have a headset on at all times, especially when typing or using the computer. When the phone is clutched between your shoulder and head, you are promoting bad posture. Besides, it is more comfortable to wear a headset, instead of a handset.
For those of you with an elevated desk, where you have to have a higher chair than normal, you may choose to use a footrest to alleviate your symptoms and reduce strain on your body while at work. The footrest will bring your body into alignment with your workstation.
By following these four steps, you will have a better posture at work and when off of the job. You will also avoid all the painful problems that are associated with bad posture for long periods of time.
Leaving the office should not leave you with physical problems. If you are having physical ailments after a day at the office, you will want to look into your office ergonomics for more solutions.