Ergonomics and Properly Protecting Laptops
Laptops have made working remotely from home or at a client location much easier. However, the compact design of these machines creates some inconveniences.
According to Cornell University, the fixed design of laptops poses ergonomic dangers to users. If the keyboard is in the optimal position for the user then generally the screen isn’t.
Not to mention, mobile technologies are extremely susceptible to theft. Someone can easily walk away with a laptop, putting your company’s equipment and data at risk. To help prevent ergonomic dangers and protect your organization's property, communicate the following tips to employees:
Ergonomic Tips for Employees
- Maintain an arm’s length distance between the screen and your eyes to prevent eye strain. Try to keep the screen at eye level to avoid constantly slouching or looking down.
- Use a full-sized keyboard and mouse whenever possible. Attach these devices to your laptop and position them appropriately.
- Sit up straight, keeping your shoulders, hips and ears aligned. Also, make sure your hips are slightly higher than your knees.
- Do not rest your wrists or palms on the table or laptop while typing. Instead, keep your wrists straight and position the keyboard at elbow height.
- Take short breaks and stretch every 20 to 30 minutes to allow your body to recover from any strain.
Property Protection Tips for Employees
- Keep your computer and data password protected.
- Make sure to keep your laptop in sight at all times.
- Regularly back up your data and documents to an encrypted external drive or via cloud.
For more tips to minimize risk while maximizing the health of your employees, contact us today.
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