It is important to ensure that you have enough space in which to work and that your office space is ergonomically designed in order to make it as comfortable as possible to use. You should make sure that you have as much clear space on the desktop as you need, and that you are able to sit at your desk comfortably.
You also need to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible while you are working, and that working for long periods of time will not leave you with any aches or pains. This is where ergonomically designed furniture can come in. It is important to choose the right kinds of furniture for you. You will need to make sure that the furniture you use in your office space will be the right size for someone of your height and that they will be suitable for the way in which you use your office space.
Your desk and chair should be of the right height and shape to enable you to sit comfortably and work for an extended period of time. If you are over 5’10″ it is a good idea to choose a higher desk, but in most cases you will be able to achieve the right height by adjusting your chair. If you are short, you may also need a footstool, on which you can rest your feet if they cannot comfortably be rested on the floor. Remember to protect your floor with some nice chair mats as well.
Your computer should be set up so that it will be as comfortable as possible to use. The height of your computer monitor should be level with your eyes after you have set up your chair and desk. You should also make sure that your keyboard will be placed at the right angle, slightly tilted towards you. You can buy special ergonomically designed keyboards in order to ensure you will be as comfortable as possible.
It is also a good idea to arrange the objects on your desk so that the items you use regularly, such as the phone or your computer keyboard are within easy reach while you are working. This will ensure that you avoid stretching or bending uncomfortably while you are working. Any heavy items that you use, such as large catalogs or books should also be placed within easy reach in order to prevent shoulder strain. If you rarely use something, it is sensible to put it away in a drawer or cupboard in order to remove unnecessary clutter. If you spend a lot of time on the phone, you will be more comfortable if you use a headset.
Ensuring that your office space is designed ergonomically can help you to feel more comfortable, both on a daily basis and in the long-term, and it can also help to increase your productivity. By working in a well-designed environment, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing painful conditions such as RSI and you can also make your time at work more enjoyable.
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