Ergonomics Expert Explains How to Set Up Your Desk | WSJ


(playful music) – [Narrator] Here’s your desk. Your chair, monitor, keyboard, mouse, phone, a plant, chair. The problem is your desk
isn’t really built for you. It’s for anyone, spending
eight hours a day reaching slouching or
craning can lead to pain, at least that’s what John Cinkay from the Hospital for
Special Surgery says. – I do say that, every day. – [Narrator] So he’s here
to, well, he can tell you. – I’m here to show you
how to set up your desk ergonomically, so you can
avoid pain later on in life. (bell dinging) Step one, adjust your chair. The average desk height
is 29 to 30 inches tall. For some, this could be
too tall or too short. That’s where your chair comes in. The first thing you want
to do is adjust the height. When you do, make sure your
elbows are bent to 90 degrees. So if a person’s feet are
not touching the floor, this could become an issue, so we’re gonna give her a footstool. If you don’t have access to a footrest, we recommend using a ream of paper. (bell dinging) Step two is adjust your monitor. The tip is to have the
monitor close enough, about arm’s length so you’re able to read without having to strain your eyes or to bend forward and
adjust your posture. So what you want to do
is raise the monitor up ’til the top of the screen is eye level. If your monitor’s not
adjustable in height, use your reams of paper, much better. If you work from two monitors,
consider how you use them. If you have a primary monitor, you want that directly in front of you. If you use both monitors equally, you want them lined up so you
are in the middle of the two. For a laptop, you want to use a kickstand to raise the screen up
to the proper height. Then, you can attach an external
keyboard and mouse to it. (bell dinging) Step number three is to mind
your mouse and your keyboard. Where your hands end up is
where your keyboard should be. Your mouse should end up
right next to your keyboard. You want to move from your elbow instead of your shoulder to prevent overuse or strain or pain. The key is not to reach for your tools. (bell dinging) Step four is to position your phone. You want to put the phone
on your non-writing side, so you don’t have to
cradle it to your shoulder. This could eventually lead to neck pain. If you’re on the phone a
good portion of your day, you want to consider using a headset, that way your hands are
free to write down anything, or to type on the computer. (bell dinging) Step five move. After 10, 15 minutes, we all
begin to slouch in our chairs. So here are some basic
exercises you can do while sitting in your chair. The first exercise is a chin tuck. Second exercise is for your upper traps. You’re gonna do a basic stretch where you bend your head to one side, and then gently pull
for a little more oomph. The third exercise is called
a scapular retraction. You basically are going to
squeeze your shoulders back. The fourth exercise is
for your lower back. This is what we call a pelvic tilt. The most important thing you want to do is get up out of your chair every hour. Get up and walk, get something to eat, get something to drink, just get up. – [Narrator] John? John are we done? – Yeah, we’re good. – [Narrator] Great. (playful music)

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I'm 6'1", but I have an extremely long neck, so I'd need like 20 inches of paperdeck under my monitor. Instead I just sit very low

i disagree with the top of the monitor being eye level. you'll find yourself looking down often and your head will follow, and this is bad on your neck and posture. I keep my monitor high enough so that the center of my monitor is level with my eyes, it forces me to keep my head level at all times.

yeah, i don't think the monitor height is correct at all, my monitor is higher than this and i'm still slouching to get my eyes to a lower position.

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Reels of paper can't fix that

look at setup ears by techsource. NOT ONE single guy from there uses the tips by this ergonomist. and these were from beginning to now over 400 people

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Doctor: I recommend using a ream of paper, If one ain't enough use 2 reams of paper instead

cant write in word document because of no wifi
use reams of papers

it actually fixes 90%

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This guy probably know a lot about the human body, but I think he doesn't know that much about typing.
Don't set the keyboard in centered in front of you, if you have to write long texts, you should have the G/H keys in front of you, to be able to reach every key without moving your whirsts (except the numeric keypad).
That is a fundamental rule of professional fast typing.

Having the keyboard that close to the edge of the table is actually pretty uncomfortable for me. I like having it further in so I get to rest my forearms on the desk

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