How to Maintain Correct Posture in the Workplace

Tips and guidance on how to sit, stand and perch correctly

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HOW TO SIT CORRECTLY

Sitting incorrectly at a computer for long periods of time can take a toll on your body and health. By not sitting with the correct posture, it is easy to end up with the most common workplace injuries such as; back, neck and knee pains.

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HOW TO STAND CORRECTLY

Standing correctly at your sit/stand desk is just as important as sitting correctly. Maintaining correct standing posture will help to reduce existing back, neck and shoulder pains as well as reducing the risk of postural issues developing in the future.

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HOW TO PERCH CORRECTLY

Perching at a desk is the middle ground between sitting and standing which helps to encourage movement throughout the day. The additional movement perching stools generate not only help with posture but can also boost productivity and concentration to keep users focussed for longer periods of time due to increased blood flow around the body.

Easy tips for improved ergonomics

The tips below are aimed specifically at office workers that are frequently at their computers, as 81% of all office staff spend between four and nine hours a day sitting at their desk.

Tips

  • Make sure that the mouse and keyboard are close enough to you that you don’t need to stretch to reach them. If there are items that you frequently need, like a phone or a pencil, then make sure that these are also within easy reach.

  • Move as close to your desk as possible to minimise leaning, which can put unnecessary pressure on the vertebrae in your back.

  • Make sure that your monitors are directly in front of your line of sight. If you have multiple screens, try your best to keep the screen that gets your most attention as central as possible.

How to adjust your chair correctly

It's important to get in the habit of remembering to have good posture. Good posture keeps all of your joints and bones aligned, reducing stress on muscles and ligaments. Watch the top tips on how to maintain good posture at your desk throughout the day. Find out more about:

  • What's a good posture
  • Circulation  
  • How to set up your chair correctly
  • Dos and don'ts