The Benefits of Computer Ergonomics

Have you ever thought about how much time you spend sitting at the computer? In today’s workplace, we often sit at our workstation for eight hours a day, five days a week. Little things like typing, slouching or neck turning can add up over time, and if your workstation isn’t ergonomically optimized, you might be wind up with a repetitive stress injury.

Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are caused by the minute movements that we perform over and over again. How can you prevent them? Simple: invest in an ergonomic workstation. By reducing strenuous movements throughout the day, you can improve your posture, your productivity and your energy. In fact, when a workstation is ergonomic, studies show that employees report a 20-40% increase in overall productivity.

It’s never too late to change your workstation and better your posture. Here are two simple changes to make your computer more ergonomic:

  • Adjust your monitor position. Is your monitor sitting at the proper height? If not, you’re probably slouching and straining to see the screen. This can lead to poor posture, as well as pain in the neck, back and shoulders. To adjust your monitor, consider a single- or dual-arm monitor adjustor, like a 3M™Easy Adjust Monitor Arm. If you use a laptop of tablet, consider a Fellowes I-Spire Series™ Lift.
  • Add a privacy filter. Privacy filters don’t just keep unwanted eyes off your screen; they make sure you’re looking at it head-on. By applying a privacy filter to your screen, you will instantly know if you are sitting askew of your workstation. A filter will remind you to adjust your chair and your neck, preventing neck tension or a more serious RSI. Consider a 3M™ Widescreen or Laptop Privacy Filter to get the job done.

Learn more about what you can do to make your workstation more ergonomic using the image below:

Computer Ergonomics

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