The workplace has changed drastically in the past few decades. Most businesses rely on digital devices, and the Internet is found in almost every workplace. As a result, many people now spend their workdays sitting at a desk behind a computer. While these advances might make business easier, they can take a toll on employees. To help mitigate the possible problems of a more sedentary workday, it’s important to set up a proper workstation.
The goal is to make your workstation ergomatic, which allows you to work in a more natural position. It’s important to have your computer at a height that keeps your neck straight. Ideally, the top of your monitor should be level with your eyes and the screen should be tilted upward slightly.1
If you use a desktop rather than a laptop, the placement of your keyboard and mouse is also important. To type in a natural position, your keyboard should be situated so that your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle and your wrists are straight. Your mouse should be on the same level as your keyboard.1
Setting up a proper workstation can help reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries,1 but there’s always a possibility that stresses on the body from your job can cause injury and time away from work.
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1 National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. “Workstation Ergonomics: Adjusting Your Workstation.” Retrieved September 25, 2018, from: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-health-services-wellness-injury-prevention/workstation-ergonomics-adjusting.page.
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