Tips for making your New York workstation more ergonomic

Get tips for setting up your workstation in a way that minimizes injury.

As an office worker in New York, you might feel as though your chances of suffering from a work injury or illness are relatively slim, but the truth of the matter is that your work environment and how it is set up can put you at risk. For that reason, Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C. has a few suggestions for setting up your workstation and office space so you can work comfortably and reduce your chances of suffering a repetitive injury.

Pay close attention to your overall posture

Get into the habit of checking your posture every now and then while you are sitting at your desk. Ensure your legs and your elbows have a 90-degree angle to them while sitting. Breathing should be easy, and your spine should be stacked rather than slumped while in your chair.

Use a footstool if necessary

Maybe you are not the tallest person in the office, which means you might have to work at a desk or in a chair that is too high to be comfortable. In such situations, it is best to boost your feet up with a footstool rather than let your feet dangle. Doing so better ensures your feet do not start bothering you, which is sure to impact your overall productivity.

Position your keyboard and mouse in the right spot

Location is just as important to the layout of your workstation as it is the real estate industry. To keep from overtaxing your arm muscles, place your keyboard so that you can comfortably type while keeping your arms at least a 90-degree angle. At Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C., we also recommend you invest in a pullout tray so your keyboard tilts down and away from you. As for your mouse, it should be positioned no further than your shoulders.

See that your chair is deep enough

To better protect your spine while at work, check the overall depth of your seat, which measures the distance between the front and back edge of your chair. Position yourself all the way back in your seat and see how much space you have between your calves and the front edge of the chair. Make a fist and rest it against the edge of the seat. As long as there is space between your fist and your calf, your legs are getting proper circulation.

Have you suffered an injury you think might be due to repetitive motion in your New York workplace? Speak with a Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C. representative in an obligation-free call to see if you have a case by dialing 518-631-4521.