Ergonomics: noun (used with a sing. verb) The applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering – Your Dictionary.
Irrespective of whether you are considering investing in a standing desk or have recently acquired one ‘a pat on the back’ to you. However, that does not suffice. The definition given above reiterates the importance of ergonomics to reduce fatigue and discomfort. To get the maximum out of your standing desk, you need to use proper ergonomics. There is a broad range of standing desks available at Hurdleys; experts in designing, ergonomic standing desks with a variety of accessories.
So, how do you set up an ergonomic workspace? Below are some tips on how to ergonomically optimise your workspace to ensure that you work in a healthy environment.
Maintaining correct posture will determine the benefits you derive from using a standing workstation. The Mayo Clinic’s tips on your standing posture are to keep your body in complete alignment. Utilise your stomach muscles to keep your body straight.
Instead of rigging up methods of adjusting the height of your desk by using books, etc., choose a desk that you can adjust to suit your height. You should be able to comfortably type on your keyboard without excessive pressure on your neck or any other muscles.
It is important that you place the monitor at eye level, and at least an arm's length away from you. Set up your monitor so that your task light is to the side.
Your keyboard should be easy to reach. Make sure that the desk you choose permits you to keep your wrists straight and your hands marginally below the level of your elbows.
Bear in mind that natural light dispersed around your desk and the computer creates less contrast. While natural light provides adequate light, additional artificial sources of light is a good idea, especially when it is dark outside. You can opt for an adjustable standing desk lamp, which should be approximately 15 inches above the desk to create steady light.
Standing for extended periods of time can take its toll on your feet, back and neck especially. Standing desk accessories can help alleviate the aches and pains associated with standing. You might want to consider getting an anti-fatigue mat or foot rest. These mats are designed not only to cushion your feet but to reduce the impact standing has on your hips, knees, back and feet. A foot rest also helps to ease the pressure on your feet.
In conclusion, not only are standing desks a better option to sitting, it is just as crucial that attention is given to ergonomics and its health benefits.
For more information about standing desks contact a reputable Office Furniture Store like Hurdleys Office Furniture on 09 522 2090 or visit their showroom at the corner of Clayton and Alma Streets in Newmarket, Auckland.