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Tips to ensure your Desk works for you

Does your desk work for you?

By identifying the key ways in which you use your desk space you, can ensure that the tools you need are closest to you, and are right for the job you do. Many graphic designers, architects, games designers will work with 2 or more large screens to ensure that they can see the small details that they are working on. For a call centre worker they should wear a head set to avoid the constant bending of the neck towards a phone, and for a typist a document holder is a must to minimise the need to tilt their head to see the text they are copying.

Tips on setting up your desk.

You have your seat at the correct height, so now to set up the rest of your desk.

  • Are you right or left handed?
    • This can determine where you will place key items – such as your mouse and phone.
    • Make sure that they are both within comfortable reach, so you don’t have to over stretch to pick them up. Desk set up
  • Screens
    • You should be sitting with your screen directly in front of you.
    • It should be an arms length in front of you
    • The top of the screen needs to be level with your eye line.
    • If this strains your eyesight you may need glasses or to enlarge the information you see on the screen.
    • It may help to use a stand to raise your laptop or tablet and to use a separate keyboard
  • Document holder
    • Use a document holder to raise documents to your eyeline
    • This will reduce the need to twist and strain and to constantly look up and down.
  • Headsets
    • If you spend a lot of time on the phone a headset will reduce the tendency to tilt your head to the side of the phone whilst you enter information on your screen.

Chair Set Up

To ensure you have correctly set up your chair – read our previous blog – tips on setting up your chair.

Aches & pains related to your work environment

If you have been feeling uncomfortable due to sitting at a desk all day long or use devices to help you with your work, then read our blog on exercises you can use to ease your discomfort in the office. In addition either book an appointment or contact us to discuss how we can help you