Work Area Optimization
Posted by Nuwave at April 16th, 2011
How to make the most of your work area.
Everyone who works at a desk for any considerable amount of time in a day will know the aches and pains that accompany it. Back, neck and shoulder pains. Sore muscles in your arms and legs. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. It often feels as if one has been involved in some serious manual labour by the end of the day! Well, I’m glad to let you know that there are a few simple things that you can do to assist you in creating a better working area and to considerably decrease the “five o’clock” aches and pains.
Firstly, read our previous blog posts on “Seating Posture” and “Carpel Tunnel Syndrome“. These two aspects are possibly the most vital to your longevity as an All-Day-Desk-Junky . Take the time to read through them as they will, honestly, dramatically increase your well-being.
Once you have adjusted your seating position and bought the necessary goodies to safe guard your carpel tunnel, it’s on to today’s topic. Optimization of your working area.
The theory is that there are three main zones in your working area. Your “Optimal Viewing Zone”, your “Normal Reach Zone”, and your “Normal Working Zone”.
To find your optimal viewing zone, pull your chair to the edge of your work surface. Lift your chin slightly and look straight ahead. What your seeing now is your optimal viewing zone. All the things that you look at throughout the day (computer screen, documentation, charts, etc.) should be in or as close to this zone as possible.
Your normal reach zone can be found by stretching out your arms on either side of your body and moving them from this position forwards until they touch each other in front of you. Anything that is in this semi-circular area is in your normal reach zone. Everything that you use often must be in this area and should not require you to bend or stretch to reach them.
Finally, and most importantly, is your normal working area. Relax your upper arms next to the sides of your body. Pivot them upwards from your elbows until they are horizontal; now make a windscreen wiper motion. Keeping your elbows in the same position, move your forearms out sideways and then back till they touch in front of you. The area that your hands cover is known as your normal working zone. All the things that you constantly operate with your hands (keyboard, mouse and coffee cup ) should be placed in this area and positioned for the greatest comfort.
Optimizing your working area will stop a huge amount unnecessary stress to your body, which cause the aches and pains, and enhance the productivity in your office. Happy working!
Please feel free to contact us if you need more help planning your space or if you need any information on products that will optimise working environment.