Introduction to office ergonomics

Whether you are a full-time office worker or you work from a desk or worktable during your shift, paying attention to ergonomics will help you remain comfortable, avoid muscle stress and joint pain, and prevent long-term effects from poor posture.

Evaluating and correcting office ergonomics

If you sit or stand for prolonged periods of time, evaluate your workspace. Proper posture and a workstation that’s customized to your body can help reduce the risk of muscle fatigue and joint pain.

An ergonomic evaluation may be as easy as sitting at your workspace and assessing a few criteria.

Here are some tips to help you evaluate your workstation:

  • Search for ergonomic visual aids online or ask your supervisor. A simple internet search can offer numerous visuals and assessment criteria.
  • Start with simple changes, like adjusting the height of your chair. It may be the only change you need.
  • Be flexible. It may take a day or two to get used to a new position.

Key takeaways

  • A well-designed workspace keeps you healthy and comfortable.
  • Search for visual aids on workspace ergonomics to determine what adjustments, if any, you might need.
  • Start with an adjustable chair and try out different positions.
  • Share any concerns with your supervisor.