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Top 7 Workstation Ergonomic Height Adjustment Strategies

By Amy Pedersen

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Your daily movement is critical to your body health. The level of ease that you experience when changing positions at your office workplace correlates to how often you move througout the day. Keeping your workstation, office chair, computer monitor, keyboard tray and mouse all at the appropriate heights and distances are important to good ergonomics. Knowing how to properly position your workstation can lead to better productivity in the workplace and of course, a much happier you and hopefully a much happier boss.

  1. The top of your monitor should be at or below the normal vision line. This saves your neck from constantly being put in the wrong postition which will save you from many back problems later on.

  2. Make sure to keep your eyes the recommended manufacturer distance from the computer monitor. You can usually find this information in your user manual.

  3. Your wrists are relaxed and are positioned parallel with the ground in a neutral position. Also make sure to adjust the height of the seat so that your elbows are just at or above the keyboard tray height.

  4. Adjust the height of the office chair seat pan so that your elbows are just at or above the keyboard tray height and are also relaxed.

  5. Your feet are flat and firmly on the floor at all times and is hard to remember. Some users will require a foot rest or mat while others will simply need to adjust the seat height on their office chair to get the correct distance from the floor.

  6. Lower legs should be placed at a ninety degree angle from your upper thigh and your upper body should be ninety degrees from your upper thigh. Keeping your feet flat will help keep this position and maintain good blood flow.

  7. Make sure to sit back in your Office Chair throughout the day, trying not to lean forward and lessening the pelvic and strain on your vertebrae.

Author Amy Pedersen has worked in the ergonomics and office industry for a number of years and is currently co-founder of Sit On This Ergonomics, operating a number of ergonomic websites dedicated to office chairs and the practice of good workplace ergonomics.

Featuring a wide variety of executive, leather, mesh and task office chairs with an online sales catalog, their website also provides detailed ergonomic information on proper chair positioning and seating in the workplace environment.

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Article Submitted On: November 02, 2006