Friday, January 25, 2013

Ergonomic tips for laptop users

Many businesses own laptops. While desktop computers provide workers with more robust technological capabilities and a larger screen, some employees, especially those who travel frequently, often use laptops on a daily basis. Because the mobility of these devices makes them ideal for a variety of tasks, employees should learn to use them in an ergonomically safe way.

According to Stanford University's Ergonomic Guidance for Mobile Devices, laptops aren't ergonomically appropriate for long term use. Because the keyboard and screen are attached, the devices often encourage users to adopt a turtle-like posture when their back hunches and their neck protrudes. Users' wrists are also more likely to bend unnaturally when working on a laptop, which can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.

To avoid back, neck, shoulder and arm pain or injury, Stanford's guidelines suggest setting up a laptop computer the same way that a desktop is set up on a desk. Consider propping up the laptop and connecting a separate keyboard to it so the user can sit and type comfortably.

It's important for employees to sit in ergonomic chairs, no matter what kind of device they use. In addition, companies should invest in business furniture that is adaptable and in tune with tech trends in the office.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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