Simple changes can improve your well being and productivity in the workplace. These include:
- Take micro-breaks from repetitious activities or static postures every 30 minutes for one or two minutes before resuming that activity or posture. Find opportunities to get out of your chair and move around.
- Place the telephone on your non-dominant hand side. Your dominant hand will be free
for writing, and cradling the telephone between your ear and shoulder while writing will not be necessary.
- Use a telephone headset or the speaker when performing tasks simultaneously with the telephone. This practice will prevent awkward neck and shoulder postures associated with cradling the telephone between your ear and shoulder.
- Type with the tips of the fingers. Less force is needed to depress the keys with the tips of the fingers. Use a light touch when keying.
- Change positions frequently throughout the day. Alternate working from a sitting to a standing position whenever possible. Change the tilt of the back of the chair frequently.
- Use shortcut keys whenever possible, instead of a pointing device (mouse, trackball, etc.).
- Alternate hands when using the pointing device, OR alternate between pointing devices (e.g. alternate between mouse and trackball). Use larger muscles by moving from the elbow and shoulder, rather than from the wrist, when operating the pointing device.
- Stand up to reach into overhead bins rather than reaching up from a sitting position, OR, lower the overhead storage bins if possible.
Source: OSHA, Division of Occupational Safety and Health: www.dir.ca.gov