Friday, April 3, 2015
Tips and Tricks: 5 Ergonomic Office Adjustments for Improved Functionality
1.) Chair Angle
Comfort in the office starts with the office chair! That being said, you'll want to adjust the angle at which your chair sits at regularly. As keeping your back in constant contact with your chair is the recommended way to sit, avoid slouching over your keyboard tray. The lever located on the side of your chair's mechanism should adjust your operating angle. Use this feature regularly to stay posture perfect. You can also upgrade to a new ergonomic chair with a tilt tension control and syncro-tilt mechanism if needed.
2.) Chair Height
Any true ergonomist will tell you that they adjust the height of their chair regularly throughout the work day to maintain optimal operating positions. Don't over reach for items in your overhead storage hutch. Simply raise the height of your chair to keep body extensions at a minimal. Need to turn your computer on and off? Don't slouch over to do it! Lower the height of your chair, handle your tasks, and re elevate the chair to an optimal working position.
3.) Chair Arms
Most ergonomic computer chairs now come standard with adjustable arms to help you improve comfort. Unfortunately, the average office chair user never takes the time to adjust this helpful tools! If your chair arms adjust, don't be afraid to test out a few different settings. The best ergo chairs on the market in 2015 offer arms that adjust in height and width. They often feature swiveling arm caps to even further boost versatility.
4.) Keyboard Tray
Retractable keyboard trays have become a staple around the office. That being said, have you adjusted your keyboard tray lately? We're betting that you haven't! Consider changing the angle at which your keyboard tray sits. Working with your keyboard tray in the wrong position can cause serious health issues like carpal tunnel syndrome.
5.) Monitor Height
You should never be looking down at your computer screen. If your computer monitor doesn't have an adjustable base, use a stack of books or a box to get your computer screen at eye level. You can also upgrade to an ergonomic monitor arm which is the ideal solution to this common issue. Looking down at your computer screen for hours on end can cause stiffness in the neck as well as fatigue that's sure to slow down your productivity!