1.) Make A Foot Rest
Kicking your feet up while working is a great way to improve ergonomics. A foot rest will improve blood flow and take the pressure of your knees while computing at your desk. While a high end adjustable foot rest from a brand like Symmetry Office may be preferred, making your own foot rest is an excellent option if funds are tight. A simple stack of books or boxes will do the trick. If you want to get a bit more fancy, you can even create an adjustable foot hammock with some string and a pillow case! We've provided an image above for reference.
2.) Raise Your Monitor
If you're still using the factory stand that came with your computer screen, the odds are that you're looking down when you type at your desk. This bad habit can cause neck stiffness and even pain that will result in a drop in productivity. While articulating arms that accommodate multiple screens are a great way to tackle this common problem, they cost several hundred dollars. Try using a stack of magazines, piece of wood, or shoe box to raise your monitor up to eye level for free. It may not be the most attractive, but it will certainly be effective! You'll be operating more comfortably in no time at all.
3.) Form Good Posture Habits
A disheartening number of office employees actively practice poor posture habits on a daily basis without even knowing it. As studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your life space, sitting correctly is an absolute must. To form better posture habits, post reminders around your office that can be easily seen when sitting at your desk. Here's a few good tips to remember...
- Avoid Slouching
- Keep Your Feet Flat On The Floor At All Times
- Don't Cross Legs While Computing
- Keep Your Back In Contact With The Chair At All Times
4.) Master Your Office Chair
As office comfort starts with the chair, it's important to master the features and functionality your personal chair has to offer. Even the best office chairs are ineffective if users don't learn to operate them properly! If you're currently stuck with a passed down chair that you have no knowledge of, don't fret! Look underneath your chair seat and locate a part number or the name of the manufacturer. Browse the web for your chair. You'll be surprised what you find! Awesome office chair reviews, demo videos, and instruction manuals are widely available to help you kick workplace ergonomics into high gear.
5.) Get Versatile
Any ergonomic specialist will tell you that versatility plays a key role in productivity, functionality, and overall effectiveness. That being said, there are plenty of great ways to become more versatile without spending a single dollar. Start by organizing your space. Clear your desk of clutter and give your station a thorough cleaning. You can also reorganize your files and personal documents to ensure everything is where it needs to be, when you need it! Place your most commonly used office items within arms reach to avoid over exerting yourself. Once every hour, take the time to stand up a stretch. This will reduce fatigue while helping you avoid muscle stiffness that can cause a drop in productivity. Lastly, you can create a detailed plan for your work week. List out personal goals and tasks you hope to accomplish. Work with your team on additional ways to become more ergonomic and versatile each week. The odds are, they are hoping to accomplish the same goals as you!