Sitting in front of a computer all day can be a pain in the neck…literally. There are a few simple changes you can make to your office to give your back, neck, eyes and even wrists a break.
• Use a desk or a computer workstation that is ergonomically correct. Look for a non-reflective work surface (if you have a glass desktop, add a desk pad to cut down on glare) and a pullout keyboard tray. An articulating keyboard tray makes it easy to adjust your keyboard to the height that’s right for you.
• Use an ergonomically correct office chair that supports your back while absorbing and distributing your weight. You don’t have to spend a fortune to buy an ergonomically correct chair, especially considering desk chairs with ergonomic features are less expensive than before and offer a few features found in higher-end chairs.
• Keep frequently used equipment and supplies within reach to avoid straining your back. Rather than play a game of Twister to grab what you need, store items logically and within reach.
• Minimize eyestrain and fatigue by selecting one or several lighting options. There’s ambient or general lighting, natural lighting, fluorescent lighting, and task lighting. You can use one or a combination of these lighting sources to achieve the right amount of light.
• Reduce the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by using an ergonomic wrist rest, mouse, and adjustable and articulating keyboard. Wrist and mouse rests made from foam-like and gel materials, are available in interesting colors and stylish patterns.
The final key to giving your body a break: remember to take breaks throughout the day, especially if you stay in the same position for a long period of time.
About The Guest Author: Lisa Kanarek is one of the nation’s leading home office experts and the author of several books including Home Office Solutions. She is the founder of HomeOfficeLife, a firm that advises corporations and individuals on all aspects of working from home and writes the blog, Working Naked.