The Top 5 Ergonomic Tips To Help You Stay Productive And Comfortable At Your Desk

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3 min read. Written by Shirouz Elango

We spend a lot of time at our desks, and it is important for us to ensure that we design a workspace that is ergonomic and efficient for us to work. Demanding clients and overbearing workers can be tough to handle as they are, but adding in the stress of discomfort without the right equipment can take a toll on your productivity, physical health and even your mental health.

That’s why it is so important to be proactive on the matter and monitor your office space for ergonomic concerns. From ergonomic chairs to keyboards, the right tools can make a big difference in how you feel both at work and when you take a break.

Here are our top 5 recommended ergonomic tips that you can adopt to help you stay productive and comfortable at your desk. 

Let There Be Light 

Proper lighting is an often overlooked component in creating an ergonomic workplace. Ensuring adequate lighting can help to reduce eye strain and fatigue, increase productivity, and improve moods. 

Ideally, you’d want to take advantage of natural light as much as possible—research shows that those working in an environment with natural light are more alert, show better productivity, and enjoy better health benefits. For indoor lights, experts recommend about 300-500 lumens for a normal office space.

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Ensure Correct Computer Set-Up 

Ergonomic computer use is important for many reasons. Proper setup can help avoid repetitive strain injuries (RSI), allow for proper posture, and promote a healthy work/life balance.

When setting up a computer, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the user experience as ergonomic as possible. Choose the correct height and width for your desk and adjust the monitor so that it is at an appropriate level. Additionally, make sure that all cords and cables are neatly organized so they do not create obstacles or cause discomfort while typing or working on a project.

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Choose The Right Chair and Adjustment

If you’re sitting down for most of the day, it is worth investing in an ergonomic chair with great lumbar support and cushioning.

Some things you should look for when choosing the right chair include:

  • Height: The height of the chair should be easily adjustable, allowing your feet to be flat on the floor and your arms even to the height of the desk.
  • Lumbar Support: The right ergonomic chair for you should provide support for your spinal curve to prevent slouching and strains. It is best to look for one that allows for lumbar adjustment for optimum lower back support.
  • Armrests: The armrests of the chair should be adjustable so that your forearms can rest comfortably on the table, while your shoulders are relaxed

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Keyboard is Key

Ergonomic keyboards are becoming increasingly popular for computer users. Most keyboards are designed to force your hands inwards which hunches your shoulders. Ergonomic keyboards alleviate the stress on the shoulders, neck and hands, and provides better comfort for users. 

There are many different types of ergonomic keyboards on the market, each with its own set of benefits. Some popular types include, but are not limited to, split keyboard, laptop/tablet keyboard and gaming keyboards. When choosing an ergonomic keyboard, it is important to consider your specific needs. For example, if you are a heavy typist then a laptop/tablet keyboard may be a better option for you than a split keyboard. Additionally, if you spend a lot of time on your computer working in an office setting then a gaming keyboard may be the best option for you. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find a setup that works best for you!

Pause and Take a Break 

While an ergonomic workstation can go a long way in helping you work comfortably for long periods of time, it’s still important for you to take a step back and move around. By shifting your weight and stretching your muscles, you can help reduce tension in your back and neck, making working on the computer much more comfortable.

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The Importance of Good Ergonomic Equipment at Work

The main point of creating an ergonomic workplace is to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal diseases. With good ergonomic tips in practice, you’d be able to see benefits such as increased flexibility, reduced stress, improved blood circulation, reduction in injuries, and more. 

If you’re suffering from pain in the neck, wrist, back and shoulders due to poor work habits, it’s probably best to get it treated before they become chronic conditions that pose further issues. Reach out to our trusted physiotherapists today for a consultation or to find out more.


Last Reviewed by Jaden Lim on 31/05/2022