The office is fraught with danger and it all starts with your chair. Everyone that has ever had the “bad” chair – the one that squeaks, has no arms and is danger of dumping your butt on the floor – knows that it pays to get to the office early in order to avoid the workplace version of musical chairs.
OSHA requirements aside a few tips can help you up your office comfort and perhaps be more productive.
- Make sure your keyboard and mouse are close together. Alleviate arm strains are placed in such a way that your elbows are bent, but not your wrists.
- You want the monitor at the right height, i.e. eye level.
- Sit up straight. Turns out Mom was right and bad posture can wreck havoc on your back.
- Take breaks. Get up and move around.
- Have some good chair support.
I like my office chair it’s adjustable, it has padded arms, but lately it has become a real pain in the ass. Literally. It has become harder and harder to sit for any length of time. I can’t afford to replace it just yet so I’ve using several supplemental seat cushions to bump up the bass. Unfortunately they often fall flat (see below for my latest one). Enter the PillowEase Seat Cushion with Comfort Foam .
It is soft and supportive and gives me a bit of a boost (something fellow shorties will appreciate). I can sit and work for hours but keeping rule #4 in mind I try and mix it up. It reduces pressure on the ole tailbone and helps promote healthy spine alignment. I have really felt a difference since I’ve been using it.
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