Considering how much time they spend sitting each day, most office employees understand the importance of having a good office chair. After all, does it really make sense to endure hours in a cheap chair only to end up with costly consequences like chronic back pain?
However, while ergonomic seating can make a huge difference, many workers forget to improve the rest of their office setup. Even the best office chair can only do so much, as employees are typically also working at a desk and use a computer, mouse, and keyboard on a regular basis.
To make your workspace healthier and more ergonomic, here are five helpful office accessories to consider.
Ergonomic Mouse and Keyboard
Let’s face it. Your standard mouse and keyboard weren’t really made for prolonged use. In fact, some seem to be shaped so users end up with poor circulation and positioning.
Needless to say, in addition to joint and muscle strain, things like hand cramps and carpal tunnel syndrome are far from pleasant. As a result, going with an ergonomically designed mouse and keyboard can really help reduce the impact of all-day computer usage.
With so many office workers suffering through lower back pain, getting enough support for the lumbar region of your spine is critical.
In general, most ergonomic office chairs are contoured so they provide sufficient back support (or come with an adjustable insert). However, for some individuals, adding in a small lumbar pillow at the curve of their back provides increased support and relief.
Ideally, every office worker should have an office setup that allows them to sit correctly (with their feet flat on the floor) at a desk that is matched to their height. As this is not a perfect world however, short employees can benefit from foot rests.
After all, dangling all day not only strains your legs and feet, but keeping your lower body engaged promotes a better sitting posture.
For employees with the opposite problem (aka having to sit with your legs scrunched up), finding a higher desk and investing in a big and tall chair is the way to go.
Monitor Arms/Laptop Risers
As their names suggest, monitor arms and laptop risers enable you to move your computer monitor or laptop screen so it’s at eye-level (or a comfortable angle). This accessory compensates for variables like desk design or monitor height so you don’t have to strain your neck or twist your body to see what’s on the screen.
For employees that alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day, the ease of having a monitor that is attached to adjustable arms is especially useful.
Screen Protectors/Task Lighting
While most office workers need to use their computers or focus on certain tasks for long periods of time, ending each day with tired, red eyes or a pounding migraine is a problem.
In many situations, the symptoms of eye strain (such as headaches) can be linked to harsh or insufficient lighting. To address, many find that installing screen protectors and overhead task lighting are easy ways to cut monitor glare while keeping their workspace well illuminated.