Working at a desktop: 6 tips

Do you work at a desktop? Then you probably have a fixed workstation. The big advantage of having your own workstation is that it can be fully adjusted to suit your own requirements and physical measurements. With the correct settings in place, you are unconsciously stimulated to adopt a healthy posture. But how do you do that?

Tips for setting up your screen

  1. Place the screen directly in front of you. This means you unconsciously adopt an upright sitting position. 
  2. Set the top of the screen at eye level. This causes you look down slightly when working which ensures a natural, relaxed posture of your head.
  3. Place the screen at the correct viewing distance. The recommended viewing distance, measured from the eyes to the screen, is 50 to 70 cm. Note: this is also dependent on the size of your screen and the size of the characters. 
  4. Adjust the display settings such as colour and resolution. For example, choose dark letters on a light (white) background, in the same way you would with paper. Also check the resolution of your screen. Higher resolutions give sharper details, making the characters appear smaller, which can lead to faster eye fatigue and may encourage a hunched posture.
  5. Avoid annoying reflections on the screen. Place the screen perpendicular to the window. In addition, choose a matt screen instead of a glossy one. A glossy screen leads to reflections and, consequently, eye fatigue.
  6. Work sensibly with 2 screens. The larger the displays, the greater the chance of unfavourable rotational movements of the neck. A viewing angle of 0 - 30 degrees is acceptable. It is important to place the screens within a viewing angle of 30 °, at the same distance and height. It is recommended that one screen is used as the main screen. The second screen serves as an extra screen and should be placed directly next to the main screen. If your 'dominant eye' is on the left, place the second screen on the left side of the main screen (and vice versa). This avoids the need to turn your head.

Solutions for the desktop

The height of a standard screen can only be adjusted minimally or not at all. If it is placed too low, you may suffer from back and the neck problems. It is recommended you use a monitor raiser or a monitor arm to adjust the screen correctly to suit your physical requirements and working posture.

Monitor Raiser (or stand)

A monitor raiser is, as the name implies, only intended to raise the screen. These raisers are available in 2 variations: either with a fixed height or with a (limited) adjustable height.

Monitor Arm

A monitor arm is adjustable in height and can also rotate, tilt and move the screen nearer or further away. The simplest monitor arms only need setting up once. If you have a personal workstation, this one-off set-up is an excellent option. Gas-mounted monitor arms are also available. They can easily and quickly place the screen (or multiple screens) in any desired position. These arms are ideal for flexible workstations.

Want to know more about screens?

Do you want to know what is the best solution for your workplace? Or are you curious about your dominant eye? You can read more about this in our white paper. Download it below!

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