When it comes to implementing good ergonomics in the workplace, most people instantly think of an ergonomic chair, an adjustable height desk or even a footrest. But what about the position of your computer monitor? If you’re like most office employees, you use your desktop computer for hours on end every weekday, but is it set to the most comfortable possible level? Take a look at these quick tips for achieving good positioning of your monitor!
Find the correct height. The top of your computer monitor should be about 2” higher than your eye level when seated (or when standing at a stand-up desk). If your company doesn’t provide adjustable monitor stands, you can achieve the correct height by standing your monitor on a small stack of books. If you have dual monitors, they should both be the same size, should be set at the same height and should be as close together as possible to avoid eye and neck strain. You will also want to make sure that both screens are set at the same resolution so that your eyes won’t need to readjust every time you move from one monitor to the next.
Adjust the brightness of your screen. Speaking of screen resolution, make sure that your screen isn’t too bright. Just because your company set up your monitor at a certain brightness doesn’t mean you need to adhere to looking at that all the time. Staring at a computer monitor all day, every day can cause some serious eye strain, so dimming down the brightness can really help you stay awake and focused.
Don’t sit too close. Remember when your mom and dad used to tell you not to sit so close to the TV? Well, the same goes for your computer. You shouldn’t be hunched over your desk to get as close to your screen as possible, and you shouldn’t be leaning far back into your task chair either. The ideal distance to be from your monitor is about the length of your arm.
Tilt your monitor up or down. As you read an email or an article online, you shouldn’t need to strain your neck when you get to reading those words toward the bottom of the page. Tilt your monitor up or down so that your downward viewing angle is no less than 60 degrees.
Keeping your computer screens in the proper position will set you up for success when it comes to staying comfortable at your desk. Whether you’re sitting or standing, your monitors should always be in the right place while you work.