Whether you’ve got a home office, or have just moved into a new building, setting up your workspace is an important first step towards building the business of your dreams. The information below shows you the most important steps to take when setting up your workstation. Following these steps will help insure that the workstation you create is set up quickly and is built to last.
Step #1: Buy the right office furniture
First, take proper measurements of the area that will comprise your workstation. Then, choose office furniture that will fit comfortably in the area and still provide you with ample room to move around freely. Most desks and chairs list dimensions in their product descriptions, so you won’t have to worry about buying something, assembling it, and then having to return it to the store because it is not the correct fit. Do your homework online before making a purchase.
Step #2: Choose ergonomic office equipment for your workspace
As we spend more and more time working at the computer, we are become more susceptible to workplace injuries such as eye strain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress disorders. In order to help avoid these potentially serious health concerns, it is important to purchase ergonomically-friendly products when setting up your workspace.
From chairs with adjustable arm and back supports, to keyboards and computer mouse devices built to ease hand and wrist stain, the ergonomic products currently on the market can make a big difference in your workplace health over the long term.
Step #3: Follow the directions
Many people (men, we are looking in your direction) think that they don’t need to follow the instructions included with their office equipment. The assembly instructions for office desks, office chairs and other key equipment is designed to help you put things together in the safest, sturdiest way possible. If you “fudge” following the directions, the equipment may look good, but could be an accident waiting to happen.
Step #4: Align the equipment properly
It is important to consider task lighting and ventilation when setting up your workspace. With lighting, it is crucial that your computer screen is not compromised by direct overhead lighting or natural light. And if these situations are unavoidable, be sure that your monitor features the best anti-glare protection available in order to avoid eye strain issues. Also, you want to set up your workspace in a non-stuffy area that receives proper air flow. However, you do not want to be working in the direct path of a heating or air conditioning vent. This can cause health problems down the line and should be avoided if it all possible.
Step #5: Take your workstation for a test-drive
When you have completed the construction and assembly of your workspace, sit down and give it a spin. This initial period is the best time to make tweaks and adjustments to the workspace, since you will not yet be ingrained with a routine. If you have purchased chairs and lighting that are adjustable, this is a good time to take full advantage of these features to create a customized, comfortable workspace that is built for productivity!