Now that we work anywhere and at any time on laptops, tablets and smartphones, what happens to ergonomics?
In a job I had 10 years ago in a very corporate office, we had all the ergonomic gear: lumbar supports to encourage good posture, gel pads to put under our wrists to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, and foot rests at just the right angle to prevent strain. I suppose it was a good investment for the company to make us as comfortable (and therefore as productive) as possible, and to avoid liability for workplace-related repetitive stress injuries.
But since then work has changed fundamentally as more people work away from an ergonomically-outfitted desk and spend more time with their computer on their lap, on the couch or at the kitchen table (my preferred location). And what happens to your body when you spend hours bent over your tablet?
When I know I’ll be typing for a long time I slip on my wrist guard to keep my wrist straight and prevent that tingly-hand feeling. But otherwise I have to admit I don’t pay much attention to my posture and ergonomics while working.
How do you prevent repetitive stress when working away from a desk?