Tuesday, January 3, 2017
2017's Top 5 Ergonomic Operating Tips
1.) Don't Perch
All too often workers use the base of their office chair as a foot rest. If you've invested money into a fancy ergonomic chair with loads of benefits, don't minimize them by perching. Instead, keep your feet planted flat on the ground and facing forward. This simple practice will help you avoid restricting blood flow that can lead to cramping and physical strain. By keeping your feet flat and forward you'll also be more stabilized and efficient.
2.) Avoid Slouching
Each time you lean away from your office chair to type or function in the workplace, you're missing out on the support needed to stay ergonomically correct. The odds are, your chair back tilts and leans. It does so for a reason. Commit to keeping your back in contact with the chair at all times in 2017. Make it a habit to reach for the tilt activation lever underneath your chair seat every time you lean. When computing naturally at your desk, set your chair angle to the upright position for proper spine alignment. Avoid slouching over the keyboard tray to type at all costs!
3.) Keep Your Screens At Eye Level
Looking down at your computer screen or keyboard tray to type is like slouching with your neck! To make a long story short, it's bad. Over the long term, it will have your neck grumbling in pain that results in decreased productivity levels. To avoid this common issue in 2017, raise your computer screens up to eye level. An articulating dual screen monitor mount is the professional solution, you can solve the problem in the mean time with a stack of books or magazines. Even a card board box will do the trick!
4.) You Gotta Get Up To Get Down
Sit to stand operating is the only way to go in 2017! Why you ask? Because sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your life span. A height adjustable ergonomic desk will definitely solve the problem, but if funds are tight, you can retrofit your current station with a desktop riser. We recommend the 5100 station from OFM. You might also consider the Volante from Systematix. These affordable sit to stand stations provide exceptional benefits that can be taken advantage of in both home and business environments.
5.) Breaks Are A Must
If you want to be at your best, you have to fight fatigue. To properly fight fatigue, you have to take short breaks. About once every hour, get up from your desk and stretch out those aching bones. Even if you're not tired, taking a short 10 minute break will yield awesome results throughout those long days at the office. Go grab a quick drink of water to stay hydrated. If you can, go outside to get some fresh air. Take a moment to chat with your coworkers. These simple practices will help you return to your workstation recharged and refreshed.