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Free Ergonomics Guides for Mobile Workers

Posted Jan 07 2009 5:33pm

Are you careful with your ergonomic set up even while you’re on the go? On Smartphones, laptops, and other devices, it’s harder to make sure your posture is correct, and that you’re doing things the ergonomic way.

According to BT, a UK-based company providing IT networking services, 54% of managers believe that mobile workers have a better quality of life, but only half of mobile workers get any ergonomic guidance. To remedy this, they’ve published a page of resources on how to stay safe on the go.

And if you’re still trying to convince your boss that he should let you work outside of the office, check out their report on the prevalence and benefits of flexible working.

If you want the quick and dirty version instead of reading all the documents, here are the Top 10 Tips for Remote Workers:

1. Use the backrest of your chair. Don’t slouch forwards. Keep shoulders in line with your hips.
2. Hold your head so ears are above shoulders. Don’t stick your chin forward or bend or twist your neck.
3. Alternate between thumbs and fingers when typing on smartphones.
4. Don’t rest wrists or forearms on the edge of desks.
5. Position items so you don’t twist your back; screens should be at a comfortable viewing height in front of you. Ensure your back is supported.
6. Exercise your hands, wrists and neck regularly.
7. Make sure there is nothing underneath your workstation that restricts your posture.
8. Take regular breaks away from the keyboard and screen.
9. Don’t hold the phone between ear and shoulder – you’re likely to get a sore neck.
10. Adjust settings on your software so that the image and text are large enough for you to see comfortably.

Go to BT Business for more guides and advice.

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