Ergonomics aim to fit the work environment to the worker, not fit the worker to the work environment.
Computers have transformed the workplace, but poor office ergonomics can lead to fatigue and injury to workers. Office workers are often overlooked when it comes to ergonomics, because their job is considered light duty or “easy”. The chronic and repetitive nature of working at a computer all day is something that can cause stress to postural muscles, in particular.
The symptoms of a poorly designed workstation include back pain, hand and wrist pain, and pain originating in the neck and shoulders. The result of such pain can lead to chronic and costly musculoskeletal injuries. The injuries can certainly hamper job performance and especially job satisfaction.
There is a lot of information available for office workers to help make their workstation more ergonomically friendly. Some tips include: support the weight of your arms, sit up straight, place the monitor directly in front and at a proper distance, get a headset for phone calls, and support your feet.
See the attached article for more details and tips on office ergonomics. Office Ergonomics
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