Did you know that the average adult spends 50 – 70% of the day sitting down at work?
Can that much sitting really be good for us?
The answer’s no, with some medics describing long periods of inactivity as a ‘silent killer’ which increases the risk of serious illness.
So, what can you do to keep yourself and your employees healthy?
Luckily, there are plenty of simple ergonomics tips that can make a huge difference without taking too much time or effort.
After all, you still need to get work done.
We’ve listed five of the most mind-blowing ergonomics tips below. Are you ready to seriously improve your workplace health and productivity?
Let’s do this.
1. Change the way you look at screens
Looking at screens is pretty much unavoidable in this day and age.
Whether it’s a smartphone, a tablet, or a PC, too much time looking at screens in the wrong way can be damaging.
So what’s the right way to look at screens?
- Place the screen directly in front of you – not below you, above you, or off to the side.
- Keep the top of the screen no higher than eye-level.
- Position the screen at least an arms-length away to avoid eye strain.
These tips are easy to follow when using a traditional PC but can be harder when using portable devices.
Use specially-designed frame stands to keep phones, tablets, and netbooks in a safe viewing position.
2. Make your regular keyboard more ergonomic
If you spend a lot of time typing, it’s really important that your hands and wrists are properly supported.
There are plenty of fancy ergonomic keyboards on the market, and these can offer some extra support in the form of padding.
However, there are plenty of ways to make your existing setup more ergonomic, without splashing out.
- Keep the keyboard at elbow height.
- Position it directly in front of you.
- Keep it 5cm from the front of the desk to avoid stretching.
- Avoid laptop keyboards, and use external ones for greater control.
3. Switch between sitting and standing
Standing desks are all the rave nowadays, but you don’t need to buy a specially-made one to enjoy working on your feet.
Plenty of household items can be used as makeshift standing desks while you work from home.
Try using an adjustable ironing board, a tall chest of drawers, or a workout bench.
Avoid standing stationary for hours, though, as this can be just as harmful as sitting for too long.
4. Follow these ergonomics tips to choose the right chair
There’s no avoiding sitting down sometimes, so choosing the right chair makes all the difference.
Look for chairs that:
- Allow your feet to touch the ground.
- Support your upper and lower back.
- Have armrests to take pressure off your shoulders.
- Can be adjusted as needed for different staff members.
5. Do regular stretches
Regular stretching is a biggie in the world of ergonomics.
It can improve mood, posture, and productivity, and doesn’t need to take long.
Search YouTube for simple stretching videos, or print off a list of stretches to keep at your desk – you’ll soon build up the habit.
Want to improve your office ergonomics today?
Rearrange your workspace, invest in screen stands, choose the right chairs, and get stretching.
You’ll notice a difference right away.