There is one simple solution to this problem – Get a new home office. Setting up a new office or improving your current home office doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. With office ergonomics, high-tech office gear, and decreasing prices of office equipment and furniture, you can turn your home office into an ergonomic technological paradise. After reading the following and viewing some of the coolest home office setups, you will have plenty of ideas of amazing ways to spruce up your home office.
Like to keep it simple? In fact, so simple, the following person removed their keyboard shelf and is just using the desktop as a keyboard tray.
For the organized and tidy individual who takes full advantage of office ergonomics.
Keep it basic. No extras, like an adjustable keyboard tray or a monitor holder, but it’s still a nice and clean office set up.
Bored with your home office…make it fun. For the ultimate racing fan:
Tired of your computer monitor taking up too much space on your desk? The solution is office ergonomics. Get a monitor holder, or as the owner of the following office would argue, get wall mounts to mount your monitors on the wall.
How about a purely panoramic view?
The double whammy.
One, two, three…even ten monitors are just not enough
Mixin’ it up with all brands and sizes, desktops and laptops, adjustable keyboard trays and flat keyboards.
Keep it simple X 3.
Surround yourself. Who needs office ergonomics when you can just put a bunch of computers in every space at every angle?
Computer monitors aren’t always as important as the view behind them.
Big and little can go together. Probably not the ideal keyboard setup though. I would recommend using an adjustable keyboard tray on a keyboard shelf…remember the goal is to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome not encourage it.
The ultimate home office computer monitor set-up.
Regardless of the home office setup you want to imitate, to have an awesome home office, you need to have a plan. Decide on the perfect space for your home office and work from there. You will need to plan out what type of desk you want, in other words, what size, what shape, what color, and so on. You will also need to decide if you want other office furniture, for example lamps and filing cabinets, and what office equipment, particularly what computer equipment, you want in your ideal home office. The best practice is to follow office ergonomics in order to attain the most comfortable, pain preventing home office setup.]]>
Apple’s popularity boom has not only come from their trendy marketing campaign, but also because their products produce longevity and reliability. Here are some tips to take from the latest in Apple MacBook review if you are looking to make a purchase of an ergonomic laptop.
Some laptop keyboards can appear to stiff and even “sticky” when compared to the traditional desktop keyboard. These types of laptop keyboards will in turn require that you put extra pressure when typing, which can result in wrist strain and other uncomfortable feelings. For some time, college students and young professionals purchased smaller laptops so they could easily transfer them from school to work, or comfortably fit them in their book bags. In turn, the keyboards also became much smaller and forced users to scrunch their hands and fingers together when typing.
The keyboard on the MacBook Pro is easy to type on and will respond to even the lightest of touch. The MacBook Pro comes in two different screen sizes and both keyboards are comfortable to use. To become even more efficient with the laptop ergonomics of the MacBook Pro, take a refresher course on the key shortcuts to save time and reduce finger and wrist strain.
Laptop mouse pads are often difficult to get used to. Some mouse pads are uber sensitive and will respond to the lightest of touch and may disfigure program screens or relocate your cursor when you are typing a word document. On the flip side, other mouse pads require you to put extra pressure on the device, which can induce extra strain on the fingers.
The MacBook Pro offers a comfortable halfway point between the two. Test out the efficiency of the touchpad. Sweep your fingers across the pad to see how the touchpad responds. There are no extra left click and right click buttons, which gives you more room to navigate. Apple engineers have developed multi-touch gestures as well, letting you swipe, pinch, rotate and use four fingers to swipe and move through programs and the Internet, making it the most ergonomic MackBook Pro track pad to date. You can set the touchpad to respond to a tapping gesture of plug in your own mobile mouse that you feel comfortable using.
Another important feature that comes in to play with Apple ergonomics is that the keyboard is light sensitive and will illuminate in a darker room. Although it is not ergonomically correct to type in the dark, the illuminated keys help those that still look at the letters and keys when typing. The weight of the MacBook Pro is also considerable lighter when compared to other laptops. The 15 inch model is one inch thick and weighs less than five pounds, yet is strong and durable enough to take refuge in any backpack or book bag. The MacBook Pro is made of a single piece of aluminum which may also add to the lighter and compact nature of Apple ergonomics and products.
Other laptop ergonomics that the MacBook Pro includes is the LED backlight in the computer. Apple engineers have noticed that LED creates the same amount of brightness with less space than an LCD or CCFL display would normally use. This causes for a thinner structure and also allows for maximum brightness instantly without a “warm up” waiting period.
Do some of your own research and you will find many other types of Apple MacBook reviews. Apple products are not only user friendly, but also aesthetically pleasing. With so many satisfied customers of Apple products, you might also want to ask your neighbors and friends about the laptop ergonomic benefits of the MacBook.]]>
Don’t put paper documents and reading material flat on your desk while reading off of them. You are more likely to tilt or twist your neck in between reading the document and looking at your computer screen. The repeated movement in the neck can cause neck strain and poor posture.
In-line document holders place the documents between the computer screen and keyboard in a specific angle that follows your field of vision. This type of holder eliminates your side-to-side head and neck movements and makes it easier for you to look at the computer screen and document.
Screen-mounted paper holders are connected to the side of your computer screen so that the document is in alignment. This type of holder is ideal for those that only work off of a single or few sheets of paper.
Freestanding paper holders have a sloping surface that should be in alignment with the same plane as your computer screen. On some models, you can adjust the height and/or angle to best suit your field of vision. Depending on the type of reading material you are working off of, there are freestanding paper holder models that are idea for holding a single piece of paper or a large book. Freestanding paper holders should be positioned near the side of the computer screen and at the same distance as the screen. It is also possible to rotate the holder at different angles to follow the visual field curve if necessary.
Because there are so many industries that require workers to read off of other documents to complete work on their computer screen, it’s important to ask yourself if you are using correct paper document ergonomics. There’s nothing appealing to eye strain so make sure your work station is fully equipped with ergonomic products.
Look into an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, chair and footrest and other ergonomic office products to ensure that the well-being of your body is maintained. With so many products out there, shop around and find the best items for your work station.]]>
1. “It’s music to my ears”–We all have this type of person in our office…the person who has awful taste in music and has no consideration for others. He or she never seems to remember to bring in headphones and decidedly blasts their crazy techno or Mariachi music throughout the office for everyone else to enjoy. Here’s a way to get even with your music maker.
While your co-worker is out to lunch or away from their computer for a few minutes, create your own file of music, preferably the type of music that annoys them the most, or a type of music that is even more irritating than what they already play. Transfer from the music file onto a USB port and download it onto their desktop.
On your colleague’s computer, go to the control panel and look into the sound devices. Go into the sound tab and click on the Start Windows tab, or any other popular tab that is frequently used and replace the existing sounds with those from your music file. Apply the changes, turn their speakers up the highest volume and turn their computer off. When they get back to their computer and restart their program, the music file your applied will start blaring from their speakers. It will surely scare your colleague and they might reconsider bringing in their headphones to personally enjoy their music.
2. Electronic Overload–(One of the more complicated of office practical jokes) Let’s say you have a boss or manager in your office that isn’t the sharpest when it comes to technology. Have one of your IT guys or an electrician re-wire some of the electronics in his or her office. For example, when they turn on the light switch, their radio turns on. Or, when they pick up their phone, the fan starts blowing. Be creative with this one and don’t forget to rewire everything after the prank is over.
3. Welcome Back Gift–When your favorite boss leaves for a week for his annual vacation, get to work with your co-workers and line the floor of his office with Styrofoam cups, mouse traps, dominos, or even crumpled up paper. After coming back from a relaxing vacation, he will definitely be peaved when it takes him a couple hours to clean up the mess. And don’t forget to conveniently place a garbage can near his office or cubicle to discard the clutter.
4. Hole Punch Haven–If you have a particularly messy coworker who, let’s say, leaves their desk awry over the weekend with various papers, pens and wrappers strewn about their workspace, you can get them to notice very quickly that they are the hugest pig in the sty. While they are away from their desk, grab their car keys and bring a large bag full of hole punch scraps with you. If you can, open up their air vents and fill them up with the hole punches. Find an annoying radio station and turn the volume to full blast. While the car is off, turn the air to its highest level, lock the car up, and safely return their keys back to their desk. As your employee gets ready to leave for lunch or the office for the day, watch from a window as their air vents spits paper shredding back at them while country music blasts in their ears. They’ll definitely remember to clean up after themselves.
5. Feeling a Little Rewired?–If you have two computers that are next to each other, switch all of the cords between the two docking stations. The duo will never figure out why their new CD won’t play on their drive, or why all of their important documents and files have magically disappeared and have been replaced with someone else’s work.]]>
One of the easiest solutions in improving wrist pain associated with strenuous mouse use is to invest in an ergonomic mouse. These mice don’t only look cool, but they also provide features to reduce the strain on your wrist and hand. The 3M Ergonomic mouse reduces the stress on your fingers and the chance of getting carpal tunnel syndrome by implementing a joystick manner of holding the mouse.
Here are a few tips to consider for getting the most out of your mouse with the minimal amount of pain. These tips also correlate to those who work with a digital pen, touchpad, trackball or digitizing puck.
The best placement for your mouse is right above the keyboard, near the number keypad. This promotes extension of the arm and ease of use.]]>
Treatments for repetitive stress injuries (RSI) and carpal tunnel include medications, splints and resting of the hand and wrist. Surgery made the last resort made for serious CTS cases. However, there are some cases where the patient doesn’t see an immediate relief from these treatments and are compelled to find alternative CTS treatments to ease symptoms, such as numbness and tingling of the hands and fingers.
Carpal tunnel yoga is a new age treatment that is believed to relieve pain the wrist and increase the strength in the ailing hand. Yoga improves the body’s overall posture and endurance and there are a variety of different poses, such as chair twists, Downward Dog with chair and 90 degree forward bends to a wall, that provide relief. Some studies have even concluded that carpal tunnel yoga is more effective than wearing a splint on your wrist.
Because you will often feel shooting pains or experience swelling in your wrist and hand, carpal tunnel massage is another alternative treatment you may want to look into. Look into these various massage techniques to ease your wrist pain:
The Eastern influence has also led CTS sufferers to believe that acupuncture is another form of treatment. Research is still continuing to prove its success. A chiropractor can also realign your joints and bones in rehabilitating exercises, which include the twisting, pushing and pulling movements of the wrist and forearm.
Individuals with CTS can also look into carpal tunnel herbs and vitamins to promote a healthier lifestyle and improve their pain from within. Some people take vitamin B6 is a supplement that promotes protein metabolism, red blood cell metabolism and a healthy nervous and immune system. Originally used to treat depression, St. John’s wort helps to recuperate damaged nerves by reducing pain and swelling. Flaxseed oil is a fatty acid that can also reduce inflammation of the area. Lastly, turmeric contains anti-inflammatory chemicals to treat pain and has been widely compared to cortisone.
Depending on your own lifestyle, there is a treatment out there to suit anyone. If you’re not sure about which alternative treatment to pursue, speak with your health professional for their specialized guidance with your specific case.]]>
The first type of computer monitor screen was made from CRT, which stands for Cathode Ray Tube. This screen is becoming less popular because their color imaging isn’t as superior as an LCD screen. However, CRTs are still useful for displaying images with high pixels per unit area and with the correct color balance. CRT monitor screens are also still popular with those working in the broadcasting and printing industries, as well as those working in professional graphics and photography fields because of their greater color contrast and better resolution for displaying moving images. Apart from these industries, the average consumer is not in the market for CRT screens because LCD screens offer better features.
One of the other reasons that consumers are staying away from CRT monitors are the health concerns and claims involved with this product. Some researchers have claimed that electromagnetic fields are emitted by these monitors, which can have a negative effect on one’s living cells. Researchers have also proved that CRTs can release a small amount of X-ray radiation, but is considered not harmful. Lastly, CRTs are considered to be toxic waste when discarded, operate under extremely high voltages, and implosion may occur if the outer glass envelope is damaged.
Ergonomic LCD screens in the workplace are beneficial to workers because it produces a clearer image and helps to avoid eye strain. The reduced glare on the computer screen’s monitor helps to deter any eye injuries or headaches. A CRT monitor redraws the image on the screen when it refreshes, but an ergonomic LCD monitor screen only changes the necessary pixels when it refreshes. Ergonomic monitor screens are also void of flicker because they don’t work with a scanning electron beam. Flicker on a computer screen also lead to eye strain and a decrease in visual performance.
Ergonomic LCD monitors are also much thinner and lighter when compared to a CRT screen so it can be easily mounted and won’t strain your back if you ever have to move the screen. LCDs are also becoming increasingly popular, outside of the ergonomic workstation industry, because it requires less power per display area. Officials have noted that the energy use with an LCD screen is nearly 60 percent less than a CRT screen. Research has also shown that LCDs allow for better posture while working on the computer. Because the screen cannot be clearly viewed from different side angles, the screen helps to force the user to align their body with the front plain of the screen.
Overall, an ergonomic LCD monitor is more beneficial to someone working in an office because of the improved technology and better visual features that promote healthy eyes and posture. Be your own critic and test both screens out, but you may find yourself upgrading to LCD monitors in the future.]]>
Simple office pranks to take advantage of:
A little Google language switch-a-roo—When your co-worker leaves their desk for a few minutes, go into their Google search page, click on the “Preferences” link and change the interface language to something unique, such as Klingon on Pirate. If your co-worker isn’t the most technologically savvy, they may have some problems the next time they are feeling lucky.
It’s a jerk in a box—Get a box that is big enough for you to fit in and place the box is a heavily trafficked place, such as near someone’s cubicle or in the break room. Get in the box, jump out and scare passing victims. Crazy masks are a plus here.
A little J-E-L-L-O love—Take one of your co-worker’s most used items that can be replaced, such as a mouse or calculator and bring it home with you. In a large bowl, mix a few boxes of Jell-O and place the item in the bowl and let it sit over night. Bring the Jell-O mold back to work and replace it where it was the day before. Your co-worker will have a great time figuring out how to get their item out of this delicious dessert.
The finished product!
More intensive office pranks that you may need some time to plan:
“I swear that wasn’t my computer!”—There are certain computer programs, such as EZ Macro amen5a, that you can download to a colleague’s computer that allows you to set up various applications to run when certain specifications are met. For example, the desk top can open up a few dozen windows all at the same time, forcing your coworker to try and close all of the unnecessary programs. You could run an application where awkward sounds come from their computers when certain words are typed. Choose an application that adds funny words automatically after they type in predetermined words. Or, find a program that opens NSFW images every few minutes.
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse—This prank is pretty time consuming so get some assistance from friends. Get a bunch of cardboard and recreate everything in your co-worker’s office, ranging from their computer and desk, to portraits of their family and staplers. Install a video in their office so you can capture their face when they realize their office was built for a hobo. If you are looking for a less time-consuming office prank, wrap their whole office in newspaper.
Another funny office prank idea!
Tips for pulling off an office prank with the safest parameters:
Office pranks are a popular past time for any imaginative co-worker, but make sure the prank is safe and won’t upset anyone in the office. Get your creative juices flowing and keep the integrity of office humor alive.]]>
Carpal tunnel syndrome involves a compressed median nerve at the wrist that leads to pain and muscle weakness in the hand. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel, which is a canal in the wrist surrounded by bone on three sides and a transverse carpal ligament that surrounds the fourth side.
The first symptoms of CTS may appear while the person is sleeping and include numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger and sometimes in the palm. Because many people bend their wrists while they sleep, the symptoms become more defined and apparent. Having difficulty when making a fist or gripping on to an object, dropping items and wrist weaknesses are also symptoms that the carpal tunnel case is progressing.
Although a majority of CTS cases are without a known cause, one of the biggest causes of CTS is repetitive activities in the wrist and hand, usually resulting in typing on a keyboard or continuous motion in the wrist. Repetition in the wrist is often blamed for the expansion of CTS, the connection between the two is oftentimes uncertain. Other causes include:
Researchers have come up with various treatments to CTS, such as immobilizing wrist braces, using ergonomic products, or prioritizing hand activities. Medical professionals have not been able to come up with a medication to prevent or treat CTS. However, carpal tunnel release surgery may be required in more serious cases.]]>