Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Survive The Holiday Season With The Help of Ergonomics

It's tough to make it through those long days at the office, especially this time of year! That being said, the proper use of ergonomic tools and tips will have you prepared for success. In today's post we'll highlight ways to get comfort, productive, and efficient through the remaining days of 2015 and beyond. Enjoy!

First things first. Office comfort starts with the chair! Don't be afraid to tinker with your chair settings to find just the right sitting position. In fact, most ergonomic specialists will tell you that they personally adjust their chair multiple times throughout the day to meet the needs of any specific task. If you find yourself sitting for extended periods of time, adjusting your chair is a must.

Start by raising or lowering your chair seat to ensure your feet can stay flat on the ground and facing forward when working. Next, adjust the angle of your chair's back so that you are in contact with it at all times when computing at your desk or workstation. Finally, adjust your chair arms so that your upper and lower arm form a 90 degree angle when typing. To make a long story short, if your uncomfortable, take action! Don't settle for a sub par sitting experience when a few minor adjustments will have you operating far more efficiently.

Once you've got your chair properly dialed in, it's time to focus on good posture. It's safe to say, even the best office chair on the market is only as good as it's owner. If you don't take the time to practice good posture tips and commit to them, you'll be struggling to make it through your day comfortably. Make a posture tip chart and post it within eye sight of your computer screen. This will act as a constant reminder that studies have shown yields excellent results.

Basic Posture Tips:

  • Keep Feet Flat On Floor and Facing Forwards
  • Don't Hunch Over To Type
  • Keep Back In Contact With Chair At All Times
  • Keep Computer Screen At Eye Level
  • Avoid Looking Down To Type

With your posture tip chart complete, it's time to get the blood flowing! As poor blood flow can cause fatigue and muscle stiffness, you'll want to get up about once every hour to take a short break. Did you know that sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your life span? Even during the business of days, you need to find the time to get up and stretch out those muscles. You'll be glad you did!

As the year begins to wind down, start thinking about your ergonomic goals for 2016. Consider ways to improve your work day and become more productive. Adding an ergonomic monitor arm will help you increase the rate at which you compute. It will also help you keep your screens at eye level. A retractable CPU holder will get your computer's power source up off the ground and out of the way when not in use. This means, no more banging knees on your CPU, or back breaking trips under the desk to plug in devices, route wires, and simply turn your computer on.

Additional ergonomic accessories like sit to stand desks and keyboard trays should also be considered. Sit to stand products encourage continuous movement in the workplace and improve blood flow. While you might not have the time to order these items before the end of the year, make a list of those you feel would help and start incorporating them into your workspace one by one.

If discomfort and fatigue are problems for your this time of year, rest assured, you're not alone! Millions of us suffer from the same symptoms. Don't be afraid to ask your coworkers for tips and tricks that have worked for them. You might just be surprised at how common your ergonomic issues are. No matter what, take action. Don't ring in the new year at a disadvantage. Seize the day the ergo way!
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