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One of the biggest productivity killers, whether in an office or call centre environment, is poor ergonomics. The good news is that this driver of absenteeism and cost is largely preventable. Here are 10 prevention tips, provided by Matchboard’s O.T. consultant:

1. Chair height adjusted so the elbows are slightly higher than the desk

2. Backrest of chair adjusted at 90 – 100 degrees reclined angle

3. Spine supported against the backrest (sit as far back as possible)

4. Knees at same height as (or slightly lower than) hips

5. Seat depth adjusted (if possible) to provide a gap between the back of the knees and the seat

6. Feet flat on the floor or on a footrest

7. Head balanced and not tilting forward (ears over shoulders)

8. Monitor directly in front and at arm’s length

9. Monitor height adjusted so top of monitor is in line with eyes

10. Keyboard and mouse close to front edge of desk so arms can hang by the sides when typing

An ergonomically adjusted workstation can improve comfort and reduce the risk of long term injury.

But no matter how well your environment is adjusted, static postures will still increase the risk of injury. So don’t forget to take short stretch breaks every 20 – 30 minutes and stand if possible.

Matchboard can recommend qualified occupational therapists for workstation assessments in certain cities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you are interested.