Workstation setup is extremely important, regardless of which industry or workplace you are in. Poor workstation setup can make staff less productive and suffer from poor posture. And it can also increase the chances of headaches, backache, neck pain and eye strain.
Our Occupational Health team have put together a workstation setup guide and have included some helpful tips on setting up your workstation.
Download our quick guides and share with your employees to help them form healthy workplace habits:
Workstation setup guide
- If your desk is adjustable, adjust your chair to the correct height to allow your feet to relax on the floor then (and same applies when adjusting to a standing workstation) adjust the height of the desk to just below elbow height.
- If your desk is not adjustable, raise or lower the chair to a position where the desk is just below elbow height then use a footrest if required.
- Armrests are generally not required however if present they should not restrict the chair from moving close to the desk, and shoulders should be relaxed and down when placed on armrests.
- Position your mouse and keyboard close enough to allow your elbows to stay relaxed by your sides.
- Consider use of a copyholder if you need to refer to documents frequently when typing.
- Avoid cradling the telephone between your ear and shoulder. Consider using a headset if appropriate.
- If using a laptop for extended periods, connect a separate mouse and keyboard and raise the laptop so the top of the screen is at eye level.