We found this informative article in the Spring 2014 OfficeMax Workplace Exchange magazine. With ergonomic-related injuries accounting for nearly $20 billion in worker’s compensation costs each year (according to the Workplace Ergonomics Reference Guide-2nd Edition, Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program), we thought this information important enough to share.

Looking for more ways to transform your office environment into a model of ergonomic efficiency? Refer to this 8-step checklist to help maximize health, comfort and productivity in your workplace.

  1. Lessen neck strain
    A monitor pedestal or an adjustable chair positions the top of a screen to be slightly below eye level to help lessen neck strain.
  2. Reduce glare
    For areas with a lot of natural or artificial light, a screen glare filter can minimize eye strain and help prevent headaches.
  3. Stay centered
    A mobile chair makes it easy to center one’s body in front of monitors and keyboards.
  4. It’s all about the wrist
    Wrists that hand over armrests or are held too high while typing create stress on hands. A wrist rest can help employees type in comfort all day.
  5. Take the pain out of paperwork
    Referring to documents that are laying flat on a desk can cause neck strain. A document holder or stand makes this process easier and more comfortable.
  6. Shed some light
    Headaches can result from poorly lit work areas. Implementing extra desk lamps can help solve this.
  7. Reduce pressure
    An adjustable chair with a waterfall-edge seat will keep upper legs horizontal and reduce pressure on the spine.
  8. Both feet on the ground
    Feet should always be resting flat on the floor. If a chair is not height adjustable, consider investing in a footrest.

Ergonomic seating diagram

Do you sit correctly at work per the above image? Do you have any other ideas for optimizing ergonomics in your workspace? Share with us in the comments section below.