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Improve your office ergonomics!
In a previous article, we talked about ways to improve your office ergonomics. Here we take it one level further with specific ergonomic tech recommendations that will pimp your desk. No hydraulics under the desk, although that would definitely get Xzibit’s attention.
I would definitely recommend reading:”How To Set Up An Ergonomically Friendly Workspace“. That post shares some specific ergonomic principles you need to know if you work at a desk or if you spend your free time surfing the net.
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Here are 6 cool gadgets to help improve your office ergonomics. Number 6 will impress you!
Prolonged sitting or standing can be detrimental and increase the risk of injury in the workplace. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to have jobs that require sitting or standing for close to 100% of the time. This sit to stand riser gives you the versatility to freely remain productive while switching between sitting and standing at your desk. This is the ultimate must have to improve your office ergonomics.
This ergonomic mouse allows you to keep your hand and wrist in a more natural position. There is also the added benefit of not needing to rest the bottom of your wrist on the desk, potentially compressing your Carpal Tunnel. It’s unique and sleek design will surely make it a conversation piece in your office.
Laptops pose a huge problem when it comes to ergonomics. In an ideal world, you would want the keyboard at the same height as your elbow and the top of the monitor at the height of your eyes. This is impossible with a laptop since the keyboard and the monitor are attached to each other. I recommend using this portable laptop stand to the laptop so that you can line up the top of the monitor with your eyes and then add a wireless keyboard (keep reading for the wireless keyboard recommendation). Click here to see how it can be transformed into a laptop stand for your bed, as well as other cool configurations. Next model will have to come with the Optimus Prime option.
If your job requires you to go between working on a computer and reading a document or doing both at the same time, then you will likely benefit from a document holder. Shout out to the multitaskers while we’re on the topic. This in-line document holder is designed so that it can sit directly in front of you, rather than off to the side like most other kinds. This limits the need to frequently turn your head while you are working. I also like that it’s transparent so that it doesn’t obstruct your view when you don’t have a document in place. Simple yet practical!
The primary zone is the distance away from your body to your fingertips when your shoulders are relaxed. Objects that you use the most often during your work day should be inside the primary zone and other things outside this space. This wireless keyboard allows you to freely move the keyboard wherever you need it but also put the number pad off to the side if it isn’t used often in your day.
I had the opportunity to personally try this keyboard and all I could say was: “this feels so right”. It’s like someone actually considered the shape and natural positioning of human hand with this design. Crazy idea, might just work! This is also a great add on to manage the woes of prolonged laptop use in conjunction with the portable laptop stand, as mentioned above.
For some, if your back is well supported and your hip, knees, and elbows are are bent to 90 degrees each, your feet may not be able to touch the ground. Most people would end up sacrificing the proper ergonomics of the rest of the body to find a chair height that keeps their feet supported. With this heated ergonomic footrest, we can now combine the cozy feeling of warm feet with nice firm support.
It is so very important to make sure we are working in safe environments and that our office ergonomics are a priority. Jobs needs to fit the person, not the other way around. Your physiotherapist, occupational therapist, or office ergonomics specialist will be able to help you identify your specific workplace needs.
Please share with anyone who works at a desk, likes to work in bed, or who used to love watching Xzibit pimp rides.