The whole point of ergonomics is to help you design your working space so that it makes for a comfortable environment. One that doesn’t impact health or productivity. But it’s often ignored.

If you’re big on your fitness, but spend your days sat behind a desk you don’t want to cause injury that prevents you from hitting the gym every night.

By failing to make your work station more ergonomic you’re opening yourself up to a wide variety of health risks.

We’ve put together a few guidelines to help you drastically improve the space you work in.

  1. Ensure that the weight of your arms is always supported. Failing to do so means that the muscles in your neck and shoulders will be taking the brunt of the work.
  2. Keep your monitor at a distance of about an arm’s length away from your eyes. Too close or too far and it will have a detrimental effect on your health.
  3. Your monitor should also be placed directly in front of you and it’s top no higher than your eye level. Keep the keyboard directly in front of your monitor to avoid having to turn your neck to look at the screen.
  4. Give your eyes a break every now and again by looking away from your screen and concentrating on objects at a distance.
  5. Don’t dangle your feet while seated. Both should be planted firmly on the floor so that you aren’t putting any pressure on the back of your legs. Invest in a floor rest if need be.
  6. Don’t cram the phone receiver in-between your shoulder and chin while on it. It’s bad for neck muscles.
  7. Both the keyboard and mouse should be close enough for you to use comfortably. Any excessive reaching will only put strain on the shoulders and arms.
  8. Sit straight! If you slouch while sat at your desk you’re putting pressure on the discs and vertebrae of your back. Move your chair as close as you can to the desk to avoid hunching over the keyboard.

So those are our top eight ergonomic office tip. Make sure you’re following them to avoid injury