It's Not You, It's Your Desk

January 2024

In the hustle of everyday life, we often overlook the impact our workspace has on our wellbeing.

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Your desk isn't just a piece of furniture; it's the canvas where productivity meets comfort. If you find yourself slouching, experiencing discomfort, or facing fatigue, it's time to consider that, perhaps, it's not you—it's your desk.

Understanding the Power of Ergonomics:

The term "ergonomics" might sound technical, but in essence, it's the science of designing the workspace to fit the worker. And yes, that includes you. An ergonomically optimised workspace is more than a trendy concept; it's a game-changer for your health and productivity.

The Chair- More Than Just a Seat:

Let's start with the unsung hero of the office—the chair. If your chair doesn't support you correctly, it could be the source of your discomfort. Adjust the height to ensure your feet rest flat on the floor or use a footrest for that parallel alignment. Keep the chair back vertical, and position armrests to gently cradle your arms, promoting relaxed shoulders.

The Desk- Crafting Your Workspace:

Your desk is the stage where your daily tasks unfold. Create leg room by avoiding under-desk storage, and adjust the desk height to maintain proper posture. Consider padding hard edges or using a wrist rest to minimise contact stress.

Keyboard and Mouse Harmony:

Your keyboard and mouse should be in sync with your body's natural alignment. Keep wrists straight, hands at or slightly below elbow level, and ensure the mouse is within easy reach beside the keyboard.

Monitors and Screens- Elevate Your View:

Position your monitor directly behind the keyboard at arm's length. The top of the screen should be at or slightly below eye level. Don't forget to adjust font size to reduce the need for leaning forward.

Laptops- A Portable Challenge:

Laptops are convenient but can lead to discomfort. If you use one at your desk, consider external accessories—keyboard, mouse, and a laptop stand—for a more comfortable setup.

Frequent Objects and Telephones - Keep Them Handy:

Arrange frequently used objects close to minimise reaching. For extended phone use, use a speaker or headset to avoid cradling between your head and neck.

General Tips:- A Healthy Workspace Routine:

- Stand, walk, and stretch periodically.

- Consider a standing desk for a change of pace.

- Prioritise movement for overall wellbeing.

- Utilise a document holder for paper-computer balance.

Need assistance to help you and your staff set up correctly, reach out to our Hoys Work Health Team

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