Remembering a wide range of ergonomic tips and loads of posture advice is never easy. Our goal here at the OfficeAnything.com blog is to simplify the comfort process. Today we'll breakdown ergonomics with the 3 A's. By analyzing your personal needs, adapting to the situation, and advancing your knowledge over time you'll be at peak performance levels before you know it.
First things first, you've gotta take the time to analyze the signs your body is giving you. To address your areas of discomfort, make a list of office operating habits you consider to be both good and bad.
Here's a few questions to ask yourself...
Am I using the base of my office chair as a footrest?
Am I keeping my feet flat on the ground and facing forward when sitting in my office chair?
Am I keeping my back in contact with the chair at all times?
Do I fully understand the features and benefits of my office chair?
Am I sitting for too long at a time without a break?
Asking important questions like these will help you recognize areas that need to be improved upon. You don't have to tackle everything at once. In fact, trying to do so may cause frustration. Instead, focus on one habit per week. Once you've properly solved one problem, you'll be read to move onto the next. Proper and healthy office operating is not achieved over night. It requires analyzing, adapting, and advancing!
Once you've properly analyzed your areas of discomfort, you're ready to learn how to adapt at a moments notice to maintain desired comfort levels. In short, even the most high end ergonomic swivel chair is only as good as it's owners. You can't take a set it and forget it approach to perfect posture. You have to be ready willing and able to adapt at a moments notice.
Being able to quickly adapt starts with the office chair. Break out your owner's manual once in awhile to refresh yourself on your chair controls. Once you've memorized the levers and knobs on your chair mechanism, you'll be far more likely to put them to use when they're needed. It's sad to say, but all too often workers invest in expensive office seating solutions only to leave the features unused. That's the opposite of adapting. It's regressing!
To further prepare yourself for success, synchronize your chair and desk. For example; When sitting naturally in your chair, are you looking down at your computer screens? If so, it's time to adapt with a little synchronization. Raise the base of your monitor up to eye level. This will reduce strain on your neck. It's little tips like these that go a long way. If you don't want to purchase a dual computer monitor mount, a simple cardboard box or stack of books will do the trick in the mean time. The important thing to remember, is that your solving a comfort related problem by adapting. You're saying to yourself; I won't stand for improper operating, and that's half the battle!
The world of office ergonomics is always evolving. By the time you've mastered your desk and workstation, the odds are that industry professionals will have invented some new and healthier way of operating. Don't allow yourself to become complacent. Keep yourself up to date by reading ergonomic blogs and healthcare articles. Don't be afraid to discuss new ways to achieve comfort in the workplace with your doctor.
Just this year, chair manufacturers like Global Total Office and Mayline are working hard to create "smart chairs" that automatically respond to user movements. That means, you'll spend less time adjusting and more time sitting comfortably. Advances like these are worth paying attention to. When it comes time to purchase a new chair, you'll definitely want to get the most bang for your buck. It's these kinds of advances that change the workplace, and the way we work for that matter!
In the long run, ergonomic advancements are a good thing. That being said, you don't need to purchase every new fangled accessory that hits the market. Pay attention to your personal needs by regularly analyzing areas of discomfort. Then, do something about it by adapting. You'll then be advancing at light speed!