Proper Computer Ergonomics

Workstations done right


So you've probably heard your teachers, peers, co-workers, bosses, and other people, talk about this thing called "ergonomics", and how important it is.
Well, what kind of sorcery and witchcraft is this mysterious "ergonomics" and why is it so important?


Ergonomics, thanks to the Wonderful Wikitionary®, is the science of the design of equipment, especially so as to reduce operator fatigue, discomfort and injury. Basically it refers to not just how stuff like your office chair which likely cost a kidney and that 100 dollar optical mouse you are using is designed, but also to how the monitor is positioned, or how you sit, or typing skills, among a reallybigillion other things.

So, how about a proper workstation? What on this almightily large planet does one of those look like?


Some useless diagram of an ergonomic workstation
This is a terrible diagram as there is no description of anything, but these are all the factors that matter in a workstation. Yes, even the angle at which your wrists is positioned matters.

But keep in mind, all this is the difference between a healthy employee and one that suffers from carpal tunnel, stressed joints, and eye strain. None of these are any good for anyone.

A comprehensive list as to what is required, in checklist form, can be found here
A few key pieces:

There are a whole bunch more important things, but these are the basics that are outlined in the graphic I picked.
I am not about to go back and find a better one for this purpose, but next time, remind me to pick a much better graphic than that, this is terrible.


And below are a few photos of ergonomically designed mice and kayboards

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Notice I avioded putting photos of the Microsoft "natural" ergonomic keyboard. In practice I have found that they have no longevity, and unless you are desperate are better off avoided.
I mean, I have keyboards from the 80's and early 90's that still work perfectly, while an ergonomic keyboard I have from 2004 registers random characters at random times, but rarely registers the correct character. That is just insane.


So there's that, that's pretty much all there is to know about ergonomics. Remember, you can always do further research should you see fit, but I am sure I covered all the basic and rudimentary points here.