Don’t forget to change postures throughout the day.

There is no perfect computer workstation set up that can be used all day. Therefore it is important to change posture or to do something that uses different muscles many times throughout the day.

Extended periods in similar postures can lead to fatigue or overloading parts of the body and can contribute to injuries such as sprains and strains.

There are many other benefits to moving and changing postures regularly through the work shift.

It is better to take several short breaks rather than one long one. Ways to do this include:

  • Rotating and encouraging a variety of work tasks and short regular breaks so that there is variety in posture throughout the day. For example, make a few phone calls, conduct an administrative task away from the workstation or undertake filing after a period of typing.
  • using opportunities to move between sitting and standing positions at the workstation
  • taking micro pauses e.g. moving the hand off the mouse or keyboard when not in use
  • placing the printer, scanner and photocopier away from the workstation
  • using sit/stand workstations.

A comfortable work space can help you feel your best.

Give your sitting work area a makeover with this visual guide to office ergonomics.

If you sit behind a desk for hours at a time, you’re not doomed to a career of neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers.

Proper office ergonomics — including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture — can help you and your joints stay comfortable at work.

Are you ready to give your work space a makeover?

Get started making your sitting workstation comfortable with this visual guide to sitting workstation ergonomics.