While you may love the work you do at your Minnesota company, there may be times when you feel aches and pains in your neck, back, shoulders and elsewhere. A few changes to your desk arrangement could help you feel and work better.

Mayo Clinic shares a quick guide on office ergonomics. Understand the best way to arrange your desk to minimize the potential for an injury and maximize productivity.

Chair

Your office chair should offer proper lumbar support, and your feet should be comfortable while placed flat on the floor. You may want to look into a footrest if using one is more comfortable.

Mouse and keyboard

Your mouse should remain easily within your reach, and look into adjusting your mouse controls so that it does not require much hand and finger movement on your part to use it. If it is comfortable for you to do so, get into the habit of using your mouse with both hands. As for your keyboard, tuck your upper arms close to your body, and ensure your wrists remain straight.

Desk

Take note of how much room you have for your knees, feet and thighs while positioned under your desk. If necessary, lower or raise your desk until it feels the most comfortable. It is a good idea to look into buying a wrist rest for your desk to cradle your wrists while typing and protect your wrists from your desk’s hard edges.

Telephone

If your job involves a lot of talking on the phone, do yourself a favor and invest in a quality headset. That way, you do not have to strain your shoulders and neck holding the phone between your shoulder and head. Alternatively, you can make use of your phone’s speaker feature.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.