Office ergonomics – how to make your workspace work for you

(NC) According to a report published by The Globe and Mail, the average office worker spends over 65 per cent of their time at work in a sedentary seated position. As prolonged sitting has been linked with cardiovascular problems, increases in musculoskeletal discomfort and decreases in concentration and productivity, incorporating ergonomics principles at the office can play an important role in your overall health and wellness.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to mitigate these issues to make your workspace work better for you:

  1. Use a standing desk: Speak to your employer about the possibility of using a standing desk. Standing desks have been shown to alleviate problems such as back pain, and can even help you to burn more calories than their standard seated counterparts.
  2. Incorporate smart lighting: Even if you don’t notice it directly, low light, flicker and glare can cause eye strain and visual fatigue. Artificial lighting that stays stagnant throughout the day is especially detrimental to our eyes. Intelligent lighting options, such as the Dyson Lightcycle task light, provide a uniform pool of high-quality, powerful light that adjusts the colour temperature and brightness for the right time of day.
  3. Pay attention to posture: While sitting all day isn’t good for you, slouching all day is even worse. According to Health.com, sitting up tall gives you a sense of accomplishment, while slouching and slumping can make you feel tired and lazy. On top of that, hunching over a computer is a leading cause of back pain. Ensure your office chair offers the correct support for your posture, weight and lumbar area while sitting.
  4. Limit mouse use: Prolonged mouse use can cause issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb tendonitis and muscle pain. The Mayo Clinic suggests using keyboard shortcuts to reduce prolonged use and adjusting mouse sensitivity so only a light touch is needed for operation.

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