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Published on November 05, 2018

Proper Workstation Set Up Can Increase Productivity

Proper Workstation Set Up Can Increase Productivity

Stop what you are doing….how are you sitting right now?  Are you slouched? Straining to see your computer? Do you have poor posture? These things can lead to neck, back, shoulder pain and more.

Take these next few minutes to read below and make adjustments to your work station. It could save you from sleepless painful nights, allow you to concentrate more at work and be more productive.

Below are the most common recommendations to help you protect your body.

  • Chair:
    • Feet: flat on the floor, you may need a small step.
    • Chair: 1-2” from the back of your knees
    • Hips: 90 degree bend or more with knees at or slightly below hips
    • Arm rests: with relaxed shoulders, meet up to elbows.
  • Monitor: in proper sitting position
    • Height: eye gaze should fall comfortably at the address bar
    • Distance: with arm reached out, middle finger should touch screen
  • Keyboard:
    • 1-2” above thighs
    • Equal to or slightly below elbow level
  • Mouse:
    • Close to keyboard, easily moved around

Finally and most importantly, listen to your body.  It will give you warning signs.  When you feel that small ache, nag or discomfort.  It is your body telling you to move.  Take care of your body and stretch, get up and take a walk around the office or stand up and move at your desk.

About the Author

Sue Shaver, PTSue Shaver is a physical therapist with Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at MedCenter Kernersville.