We are excited to be continuing our series, #Tweet At Us Tuesday! In this series, we select one lucky reader who tweets @ us with a picture of their workstation and in return, we offer some FREE suggestions on how to improve the ergonomics in the set-up of their workstation. We try to give the best possible advice based on the pictures that we receive, so keep that in mind! Although we try our best, always go with your gut!
Here are the pictures that came to us this week:
The user also indicated that she has lower back discomfort and headaches.
From these pictures you can see that she works in a fully seated workstation with a dual monitor system.
Suggestions that May Improve the Workstation Ergonomics
- The workstation is likely too high for the user:
- The keyboard/mouse is likely too high for the user. A workstation that is too high results in the user leaning forward to type for long durations. Overtime this may contribute to the user’s reported discomfort symptoms in their lower back. Note: It is difficult to be 100% certain with this. We are making this suggestion based on the height difference between the chair’s armrest height and the keyboard/mouse height.
- Make sure that the top of the monitors are slightly below the user’s neutral eye height. Neutral eye height is attained when the user is comfortably using the back support. When a monitor is too high, it may also contribute to the user’s leaned forward postures and lower back discomfort (Note, we are taking an ‘educated guess’ for this as well).
- If the user raises the chair for a optimal hand working height and monitor viewing height, then there will likely be a gap between the user’s feet and ground. If the user raises the chair, then make sure that there is either a footrest or a ‘makeshift footrest’ (i.e.: stacks of paper) below their feet. For back comfort, it is important for the feet to be fully supported by the ground.
- Make sure that the main monitor (used more than 60-70% of the time) is always positioned directly in front of the user.
- Sometimes, the brightness of the monitors can be too much. In my experience, this can sometimes contribute to a user’s reported headache symptoms so I wanted to pass this suggestion to this user. Make sure to check the monitor settings to ensure that the brightness matches the surrounding environment. In most cases, the monitors are too bright and should be lowered. This will likely take some trial and error to get to an appropriate brightness.
- Since the user commented of lower back discomfort, be sure to take a good look at the placement of the lumbar support. With this particular type of chair, there are actually two settings for the removable lumbar support. The next time the user gets up, the user can pull the lumbar support upwards until it literally comes out of the chair, then they can flip it around to determine if the other side is more or less comfortable than the first. Remember to position the lumbar support in the small of the back, right where the lower back curves inwards.