Questions tagged [ergonomics]

Ergonomics encompasses the things in the workplace that make you work more efficiently - from chairs and other furniture, lighting, color of the walls, and ambient ambient sounds.

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Would a huge screen/projector be healthier for the eyes?

As a very common exercise supposed to save your eyes whilst working long term in front of a monitor is to "look twenty feet away for twenty seconds every twenty minutes" and that's apparently the ...
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Reducing neck and shoulder pain while at the computer

I recently started a job in assisting my company with operations. This essentially is a software job, so I spend my 8 hours at a desk. I sustained an upper back strain before starting this position ...
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Office space bait and switch

I've worked at my current job for about 4 months. My previous stints are 10 years and 6 years. After my interview, I asked to walk through the office and see what it is like. Unfortunately, my now-...
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Is wearing a brim hat acceptable in the office setting? [closed]

Overhead lighting directly into the eyes kind of sucks. Cubicles, so cannot do much about it otherwise. I'm thinking about wearing a brimmed hat to block it. I don't work with clients, but still it's ...
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How to survive in absence of keyboard tray on keyboard centric job?

I saw some scary office desks that do not have a keyboard tray and I scared because I have years of neck pain because of using trayless desk setup which makes my arms 3 inches higher than where it ...
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Should I be able to keep my company purchased standing desk when I leave my job?

I may be leaving my company soon to start a new position, and one thing I've wondered about is whether or not I will be able to keep my standing desk. The reason for my question is that it was ...
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Very dark open space office, how to protect my eyes

We recently moved to a new office and it was almost unanimously, decided to keep the lights off unless it's literally night. Unfortunately, If i turn on my lights, it will turn on the lights for ...
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Ergonomic Standing Mats - Good vs Bad?

I recently began a new position with a Sit/Stand desk setup. Initially I did not have a mat to stand on while using the standing function of the desk, so I was on hard linoleum. I found a mat in a ...
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Using audio cues to encourage good posture

My workplace encourages employees to sit in the right ergonomic position to minimize stress and fatigue related to bad posture. This is completely new to me and my previous employers have never ...
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I'm in charge of equipment buying but no one's ever happy with what I choose. How to fix this? [closed]

I have several hats at work - I'm primarily a software developer but I also have to do Linux sysadmin, Windows sysadmin, tech support (like changing printer ink, plugging in cables for people, etc), ...
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How to know if an ergonomic chair I've been recommended is overpriced [closed]

I've been having pain which the consultant has said could be down to my posture, so my employer paid for an assessment to be done. The company who did the assessment recommended a new chair, but this ...
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Coworkers flashing with optical mouses lasers during work

I work in a fairly small office room with 4 other coworkers. Two of them sit in front of me facing my direction. From time to time it will happen that as they work they will slighly pick up their ...
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Desk setup causing back issues. What are my options? How to avoid this issue in the future?

At my work, our desks are rather high and not adjustable. I bought a chair I use at home, but the height of the desk seems to be causing back issues which have gotten much worse since the start of my ...
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Asking to keep (or buy) specific keyboard I use at work pending my departure

I am leaving the company I currently work for in two days. I currently use a hhkb pro 2 and really enjoy it. I inherited it from another colleague who asked for the company to purchase it for him ...
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Could working facing a wall be harmful to my eyes?

My co-workers told me that it is harmful for my eyes' health to work facing a wall (the distance between my eyes and the wall is the width of the desk). I was given a brief explanation but I'm not ...
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How to avoid placing the desk facing a wall, if a window is facing the door?

Below is a sketch of my current office room layout. The desk and the bookshelves can be moved. According to the article "Where to Put Your Desk" on What's Best Next, it is generally best to see the ...
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Ergonomic wall arms for home office. What are my options? [closed]

I am allowed to work 1-2 days a week from home. I work with a computer 6-8 hours a day. We have one corner in a living room that I would like to transform into into my home office with a monitor, a PC ...
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Do I need to be disabled to request my workdesk be raised

I sit 8 hours a day 5 days a week at a call center. My work desk seems low and I find I am hunched over all day long, and it is causing neck and back pain. The desks can be raised to different levels. ...
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How to convince manager for better computer accessories? [duplicate]

I work for a big publicly traded company which has a net income of several millions of dollars. After an office ergonomic evaluation, it was recommended that I be given 3-4 computer accessories (...
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Uncomfortable computer chair is killing me, is it possible to bring my own? [duplicate]

So my office has a very uncomfortable computer chair - I can't seat on it without being in pain after a couple of hours. I have a low height (156 cm), so most medium-sized chairs are uncomfortable, ...
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Best ergonomic setup posture for people who can't touch type?

The standard for office ergonomics (screen position, keyboard position, chair height etc.) seem to be based on people who touch type. I cannot touch type - how should I organize my workplace?
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Should one feel unprofessional for using an eye-saver app that gives popup reminders to rest my eyes at work? [closed]

Does it feel unprofessional to use an eye saver app (to remind you to rest your eyes) or browser extension at work? It recommends to close your eyes for a while and watch further for relieving ...
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Desk is hurting my wrists. What are my options?

I recently changed jobs, and am now working as a postdoc in Belgium at a major university. The desks in our department are not adjustable, and they are too high for me (75 cm). Furthermore, the ...
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Options for an employee with shoulder surgery [closed]

We have an employee that has recently had shoulder surgery. All of our workstations are all desktop PC's, no laptops, tablets, etc... By the end of the day, this employee has a lot of discomfort in ...
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Programming hurts my right pinky. How do I improve my typing to reduce strain on it? [closed]

I've noticed recently that when I program for periods of time, my right pinky starts to hurt a little. I think it has to do with the frequent need to use arrow keys for autocompletion and navigating ...
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Do computer glasses reduce eye strain?

I work at a computer for 8 hours a day, with a 30 minute break. There are fluorescent white lights and white walls. My eyes sometimes feel dry, hurt and tired. I've changed the brightness and gamma (...
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Places to look for office chairs made for shorter people

I am 5'4" and find that all of the office chairs at my office are uncomfortable because of my height. My main issue is this: My back can't rest against the back of the chair with the inside of my ...
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Mouse/keyboard ergonomics for a very tall person

I'm fresh out of college and recently started my first full-time job as a software programmer. I started to get some wrist pain, which is somewhat normal (though not good, obviously), so I'm taking ...
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Should I give up my window seat to my more senior , experienced colleague?

Well, An awkward situation at work. We moved into a new office, and I was lucky enough to get a window seat . The first day, the manager just told us to pick our own seats. So I went ahead found a ...
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Sitting for long periods of time hurts my lower back. What can I do? [closed]

I like my job as a programmer but I heard all about the permanent damage that sitting can cause on the lower back. Right now my lower back is annoying me and I cannot focus on my job­. Some days it is ...
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Can my office manager force me to lower my desk to sitting height at work? [closed]

I've been standing at my desk while I work. I have my monitors propped up on (admittedly silly looking) boxes and my keyboard and mouse too--bringing them to standing height. My office manager (note, ...
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Does using a laptop riser help make workplace more ergonomic? [closed]

I use a laptop (a 13-inch Macbook Pro) for my daily programming work. I've faced some back problems in the past, which I currently address through stretching exercises (via yoga). Is there a way to ...
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Should I bite the bullet and get a standing desk? [closed]

I believe in the benefits of a standing desk, namely, that it's better for you. On a couple occasions I tried sitting on an inflatable ball, but somehow getting the right size and inflation became off-...
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What is the best position to keep monitor?

The programs work on monitors day in and day out for near untraceable period to time. What is the best position to keep the monitor?
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Shared Fluorescent Light Problem

Our office is primarily lit by very intense, very annoying fluorescent lights, and I find that they give me a headache if I sit under them for too long. My resolution for this is to get a lamp with a ...
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Should we turn on or turn off the lights while working? [duplicate]

I get used to work at home in complete darkness, regardless of whether I'm currently gazing at 27' monitor or looking into 13' notebook screen. Recently a friend of mine has told that this is quite ...
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Evidence to convince management the sitting/standing desk is worth the investment? [duplicate]

This question is specifically speaking to the sitting/standing desk movement. This movement has become very popular in the last decade, now that the majority of careers center on computers... and ...
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Why do companies disregard investing in productivity equipment? [closed]

Why do most companies have no special policies for improving productivity on their workplaces, especially in terms of ergonomics? Such improvements are fairly measurable and the return of investment ...
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How do I prevent myself from leaning too close to the monitor? [closed]

Sometimes I get too excited about something I'm doing with my computer and I tend to lean closer and closer to the monitor, though it becomes harder to read and my neck starts hurting. Usually I snap ...
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Chair and Laptop prediciment [duplicate]

I have recently started a new job in which I have been using my own laptop. I have also been given what seems to be a broken chair in that there is no support on the back. When you lean back on it it ...
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Better position of two monitors in the labs [closed]

Here in my lab, all my co-workers have dual monitors in their workstations. They want to know the best position of the monitors, because some guys don't feel comfortable with both monitor aligned at ...
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How do you manage a mass chair purchase?

We are currently investigating new chairs for everyone in our office. We are all heavy laptop users. Most of the advice I've found about chair selection seems aimed at individuals, and highlights ...
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What is the best way to make extended laptop use ergonomic?

Everyone at our place of work uses laptops rather than desktops because of their portability. Recently a few employees have taken to using a combo of laptop stand, keyboard and mouse, citing ergonomic ...
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What criteria should one use to determine the optimal distance and height of the monitor on his or her desk, to ease back conditions?

What criteria should one use to determine the optimal distance and height of the monitor on his or her desk, to prevent chronical back injuries? I suppose that there are some "formulas" how to ...
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What should I look for when buying a desk and chair for computer work?

I'm a programmer and I spend a lot of time at my desk. I now have pain in my neck, back, and hands because of a poor work center. I'm now looking for a new desk and chair. What should I look for? ...
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How do I adjust my workplace to reduce eye strain?

My vision is worse than average for software developers. In addition to accuity (not the subject of this question), one problem I have is light-sensitivity. I find that staring at a computer monitor ...