Ergonomics is defined as how the human body interacts with work and the environment. An ergonomically designed home office is one that allows you to be more comfortable while you work to reduce stress and chance of injury to your joints. Designing an ergonomic home office is easy and with an ergonomically designed office to do your work in, you will find that your productivity will sky rocket!
Follow these 10 steps to creating a comfortable work space.
1. Invest in an ergonomic keyboard. An ergonomic keyboard is designed to make typing more comfortable by making the keys closer to the finger tips than a traditional keyboard.
2. Use a wrist rest. Resting your wrists on the wrist rest will take the strain off of your wrists to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome-a condition where there may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up the arm when there is increased pressure on the median nerve
3. Get an ergonomic chair. A good chair is important for any home office. Don’t buy one online. Instead, go to an office supply store and try it out. Make sure that it has lots of ergonomic features.
4. Proper lighting. Proper lighting reduces eye strain and headaches. Angle desk lamp away from you and not directly at computer.
5. Computer monitor angle. Angle computer monitor at eye level to reduce neck strain.
6. Footrest. Make sure that your feet touch the floor at a 90 degree angle. Use a footrest to achieve this.
7. Make frequently used items available. Keep your frequently used items close to you to eliminate having to consistently reaching to get items.
8. Use blinds or drapes to eliminate outdoor light. If sunlight is causing a strain to see your computer or too bright for your eyes, draw the blinds to keep light out.
9. Move desk away from vents. Sufficient air circulation is needed, but do not put your desk where constant heat or air flows directly at you.
10. Comfortable flooring. Use heavy-duty carpeting or rubber flooring in your home office to reduce strain on your feet.
On top of adding these things to your office, there are some good habits to get into to keep yourself comfortable during working hours. Sitting with proper posture and taking breaks from the computer and phone to walk around your office to get a little exercise and stretch will help you to be less stressed and more productive in your work day.