Setting up a home workspace
The optimal home workspace is designed for both comfort and productivity. It should be a defined space that is safe, secure, and free from distraction, at a consistently comfortable temperature. Furniture and equipment should be as ergonomically supportive as possible.
Team members need an adequately sized desk that provides ample space for necessary equipment. All required documents or tools should be placed within easy reach to avoid unnecessary strain. At the ideal desk height, arms should be parallel to the floor when typing on the keyboard.
Fancy ergonomic desk chairs are great, but even regular old chairs can work with proper posture. The back should be pressed fully against the back of the chair, supporting the lower back with hips pushed as far back as possible. Consider accessories like a lumbar support to provide additional comfort. If possible, adjust the seat height so that feet sit flat on the floor with knees at a right angle.
Computer screens should be at arm’s length, and the top of the monitor should be at or below eye level. A monitor shouldn’t need to be tilted more than 10 to 20 degrees. Monitor stands or phone books can be used to raise the height of the screen if necessary.
The correct placement of the keyboard and mouse is close enough to the body so that elbows rest comfortably at one’ssides while using each.
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