A guide to good sitting posture in the workplace
Working in an office environment can cause employees to be sat at their desk in the same position for long periods of time. Injuries or back pain can be easily avoided by simply choosing the correct chair design and sitting in the right position. Not only can this help your back and concentration, but it looks more professional too, which is important if you have clients visiting the office. Here at CPS Interiors, we understand how important it is to keep comfortable and productive at work, which is why we have compiled a list of the main factors to consider when you are at work to improve your posture.
Support your back
Avoid straining your back by adjusting your chair so that your lower back is sufficiently supported. A correctly adjusted chair will reduce back pain, so make sure you choose a design where you can change the back position, height and tilt. Furthermore, ensure that your knees are level with your hips, which can be easily achieved using a footrest.
Adjusting your chair
When using your chair, place yourself all the way back into the seat and use the back of the chair to help you sit up straight so you can rest your back muscles. Adjust the height of your chair so your wrists and forearms are straight and level with the floor when using the keyboard. Your arms should bend about 90 degrees, allowing the muscles around the elbows and forearms to relax.
If your chair is too low and the desk is too high, this can cause significant injury and strain, so the correct positioning is crucial. Ergonomic furniture such as kneeling chairs can immediately improve posture and keep joints and muscles active while sitting. Kneeling chairs can make sitting in front of your desk enjoyable, as well as increasing health and productivity at the same time.
Healthy and flexible sitting is the key to employees working effectively without becoming overtired. Chair designs which promote active sitting can lead to fewer sick days being taken and improved performance amongst employees. If you opt to use passive seating with back support then make sure that your feet are resting comfortably flat on the floor. Crossing your legs can restrict circulation so be careful not to do this and don’t lean too far forwards or backwards, as this can damage your nerves and restrict blood flow.
Choosing a suitable chair which suits your individual requirements is essential in preventing health problems for employees working in a sitting position. When choosing the ideal chair to best suit your requirements, you must take into account that the same design does not fit everyone. The users’ body dimensions must be used when selecting the chair so that there is no strain on the body.
Adjustable desk designs
Transform your office into a healthier workplace by using state-of-the-art adjustable desk designs. Investing in standing desks and height adjustable desks will ensure an innovative way of encouraging comfort and productivity in the workplace.
The mechanisms integrated into standing desks make for easy use and smooth height adjustment, while some stand up desks designs can also be tilted for greater efficiency. Sit stand desks have also been found to enhance motivation and productivity throughout the workplace.
Stand desks or adjustable height standing desks are designed to suit various different workspaces as they take up no more space than an average desk and can be changed to varying heights depending on your preferences.
Screen, keyboard and mouse positioning
Your computer screen should be directly in front of you, so place the monitor about an arm’s length away with the top of the screen roughly at eye level. To achieve this you may require a stand for your monitor to prevent you from bending your neck and causing it to ache.
Position your keyboard in front of you when typing, leaving a space of about four to six inches at the front of the desk to relax your wrists between spells of typing. Your wrists should be straight when using a keyboard so keep your elbows vertical under your shoulder and right by your side.
Make sure you keep your mouse as near to you as possible to avoid straining yourself. A mouse mat with a wrist pad may help to keep your wrist straight and prevent any tension in your wrist caused by awkward bending.
Here at CPS Interiors, we are committed to providing clients with premium quality office furniture that’s designed to accommodate every need of the office environment. From a redesign to a complete office refurbishment, we have the skills and expertise to provide you with outstanding office furniture. Furthermore, if you want to maximise your working space, we can supply and install fitted office furniture specially designed to fit with your individual requirements, premises and preference. Simply get in touch with our friendly team today for further information about our services – we are always on hand to help with any enquiry.