Ergonomics is the scientific study of the relationship between workers and the workplace. By adapting the work to fit the person, ergonomics increases productivity, efficiency and quality, while reducing work-related disorders.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has come up with a series of guidelines for computer workstations. These guidelines will help you create a workstation that is best suited for your needs. When I worked in Corporate America, our company offered free ergonomic audits. I was pregnant at the time and already suffering from lower back pain, so I decided to request one.
Some of the changes made were: lowering my desk surface, installing a keyboard tray that flipped out when I needed to type and pushed in when I was using the writing surface; changing the location and position of my computer moniter, and providing a foot rest.
Whether you work in an office or at home, ergonomics can make a difference in how you approach your work. To view OSHA's guidelines for computer workstations, visit them online.