In Part 1 of Learn to Type Ergonomically we looked at how to best avoid discomfort while sitting at our workstation. Things like how to avoid neck and shoulder pain, lower back discomfort, knee and ankle pain and sore wrists.
Part 2 concentrates more on the workstation hardware. Things like the computer, chair, keyboard, telephone, documents and mouse.
I also invite you to learn to type correctly using Keyboard Genius. It’s so simple and easy even adults understand it!
Your Office Chair
- Ideally your hips should be slightly higher than your knees
- Your feet should be firmly on the floor – or other hard surface (use a foot stool if necessary)
- Elbows should be slightly above your desk
- The seat tilt should be angled back 5-10 degrees from the vertical
- And sit up tall – don’t slouch or lean forward
- It should be close and centered
- When typing, wrists should not be resting on the table – I don’t recommend wrist rests
- Fingers should be slightly curved – not flat or all crunched up
- It should be an arm’s length away and centered
- Try and keep eye level between the top and centre of the screen
- If possible, use a reading stand for documents to avoid looking down at your desk top
- Your mouse should operate freely and smoothly, so keep it clean
- A mouse mat may assist mouse movement
- If you’re a Mac user, I highly recommend a track pad – it just stays in one place
- Mouse/track pad should be fairly close
- Keep it close by
- Good idea to have it on the opposite side to the mouse
- Don’t balance your phone/mobile on your shoulder or under your chin
- Use a phone holder or hands free when speaking on the phone
Learn to Type
Once you learn to type correctly, you will be looking at the monitor while you type and not at your keyboard – which is much better for posture. You might also spend less time at your workstation. Buy Keyboard now and learn to type.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments.