If you’re one of the many people who spend long hours working at a desk, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Sitting in one position for extended periods can cause discomfort, pain, and even long-term health issues. As a team of office professionals ourselves, we understand the importance of feeling good while working, so we’ve put together some tips to help you achieve just that.
Contrary to what some may believe, office work can be stressful and challenging. Sitting in the right position is crucial for maintaining good health and productivity. In this article, we’ll share some easy and practical tips to help you find the right sitting position and feel comfortable at your desk.
Let’s dive in!
(Important note: We’ll be sharing tips based on our own portfolio of products, but don’t worry, you don’t have to buy anything from us to implement these tips.)
Rule 1: Shed Some Light on Your Workstation
Dim lighting can be a real pain in the eyes, and not just metaphorically speaking. The misconception that low light levels are good for your vision has been around for a long time, but don’t let that fool you into thinking your office lights should be as bright as stadium floodlights. We don’t want your workspace to resemble a landing strip, after all.
On the other hand, there are those who prefer working in total darkness – we call them the “office vampires.” These people would go out of their way to convince you working in total darkness is how it should be done. But let’s face it, working in a cave-like environment isn’t ideal for most people.
Natural light and well-placed lamps are key to creating the perfect lighting for your workspace.
Of course, there are times when natural light isn’t readily available, like during late hours or in windowless rooms. In these cases, consider investing in lighting fixtures specifically designed for monitors. This way, you can limit your exposure to artificial light and avoid unnecessary strain on your vision and head.
Your desk is nothing without a good chair
When it comes to good office desks, one can’t ignore the importance of a chair, even though it might sound like an exaggeration. As an office equipment company, we know that every piece of equipment plays a vital role in creating a comfortable workplace. However, if you sit on a chair that is as comfortable as a mountain stone, you will never feel 100% effective, no matter how good your desk is. It’s a harsh truth, but a truth nonetheless.
When looking for the perfect office chair, you shouldn’t choose it based solely on the price, the looks, or the functionality. What you need is a chair that fits your desk and is ergonomic. However, keep in mind that ergonomic doesn’t necessarily mean comfortable. It’s a more complex matter than you might think. Some chairs might feel comfortable, but they may not be ergonomic or promote good health.
Some of the most crucial features that a good office chair should have are:
Office chairs that aren’t made with your wellbeing in mind are as bad an investment as a magic beanstalk. Without proper ergonomics, you may end up growing into some uncomfortable habits, like the infamous hunchback of Notre Desk. It may not seem like a big deal at first, but before you know it, you’ll be feeling as twisted and turned as a corkscrew.
Rule 3: Desk height matters
Size matters. And no, we’re not talking about that kind of size debate. We’re talking about the size of your desk, which is often overlooked when it comes to ergonomics. But trust us, it’s an important factor.
If you’re in a profession that requires you to sit for extended periods, like a programmer, designer, architect, or engineer, you need to be mindful of the risks associated with prolonged sitting. We could write several articles just on that topic alone. One way to combat this is by investing in an adjustable desk.
Fixed-size office desks may be more budget-friendly, but they don’t allow for customization. Adjustable desks, on the other hand, allow you to change your work position from sitting to standing and everything in between. Movement and variety are key to maintaining good health.
To find the perfect desk for you, consider two things: the height of your eyes relative to the monitor and the placement of your hands on the desk. Your monitor should be at a safe distance from your eyes, and your hands should be comfortably placed without being forced into awkward positions. And remember, it’s not just the motion of the ocean, it’s the size of the boat, too.
Rule 4: Take a Load Off: Why You Need a Footrest
We’re not here to preach about the benefits of footrests, but we do want to highlight the fact that they are much more than just a fancy accessory. We may not have footrests in our product line, but we certainly recommend them for anyone who wants to take their office setup to the next level.
You may think that keeping your feet dangling all day is not a big deal, but trust us, it can have long-term consequences. Your lower legs need to move, and immobilizing them for hours on end is a recipe for disaster. It’s like putting your feet in jail and throwing away the key.
Even if you have the best chair and desk in the world, a footrest can still provide extra comfort and promote movement. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or complicated, just something to keep your feet happy and your body in motion. So, don’t let your feet suffer in silence, give them the support they deserve!
Rule 5: Adjust your monitor in the best possible way
Let’s talk about the position of your work monitor, and no, we’re not talking about emotional support. The year is 2023 – the majority of office workers work on at least one monitor, which is more screens than a superhero movie. Today’s monitors are sleek, user-friendly, and often high-tech, but unfortunately, not everyone knows how to maximize their potential.
The golden rule for monitor placement is simple: it should be at eye level and arm’s length away. But like many rules, there are exceptions – for instance, if your screen is bigger than a teenage elephant, you might want to sit a bit further away.
And for those of you who work with multiple monitors, your monitor placement strategy is even more crucial than a catchy Zoom background. Whether your monitors are horizontal or vertical doesn’t matter as much as ensuring that the one you’re focusing on is right in front of you. This way, you’ll save your neck from becoming a crane and your eyes from becoming roadmaps.