One way of promoting a healthy working environment in the office is through creating a comfortable setup through an ergonomic computer work station. Many employees whose work requires the use of computer would spend about eight-hours of their lives everyday in front of their computers. Those hours can mean neck aches and back-aches as well. Once an employee feels uncomfortable, it may lessen his/her productivity.
Computer-related injuries are increasing especially with the introduction of technology in the workplace. Discomfort and muscle aches are caused by improper posture and improper body positioning at your computer work station. Records dating back to the 17th century show that arranging the work station is important as it promote health and well-being of the employees. In fact, there is an old Latin quote which goes like this "the maladies that afflict the clerks arise from three causes: first, constant sitting; secondly, the incessant movement of the hand always in the same direction; and thirdly, the strain on the mind from the effort to not disfigure the books by errors."
Universities and companies have done extensive research on the benefits of computer ergonomics. Cornell University has created 12-step ergonomic guidelines that will help every employer who wants to decrease absenteeism and increase worker productivity and this include the following: use a good chair with a dynamic chair back that is angled slightly to the rear; top of monitor screen should be 2-3 inches above the eye level; use an optical glass anti-glare filter where it is most needed; sit at arms-length from monitor, further if distance is comfortable and screen is still readable; rest feet on floor or stable foot rest; use a document holder, preferably in-line with the computer screen; wrists should be flat and straight in relation to forearms to use keyboard/mouse/input device; keep arms and elbows relaxed and close to body; center monitor and keyboard in-front of you; use a negative tilt keyboard tray with an upper mouse platform or downward tilt-able platform adjacent to keyboard; use a stable work surface and stable (no bounce) keyboard tray; and take frequent short breaks (micro breaks) and stretch.
Establishing an ergonomic computer work station may be complicated at first, but once it is done it has long-term effects both for the employer and employees. A healthy working environment will produce healthy and productive workers, and in turn will lead to the success of the whole company as a whole.