10 Steps to an Ergonomic Workstation - Slide 3

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Desktops - Most ergonomic guidelines for computer workstation arrangements assume that you will be using a desktop system where the computer screen is separate from the keyboard. 

Laptops are growing in popularity and are great for short periods of computer work. Guidelines for laptop use are more difficult because laptop design inherently is problematic - when the screen is at a comfortable height and distance, the keyboard isn't, and vice versa. For sustained use, you should consider purchasing:

  • an external monitor
  • an external keyboard, preferably with a negative-tilt keyboard tray
  • a docking station

Creating a good ergonomic working arrangement is vital to protecting your health and improving your quality of life at work. To aid users in this effort, the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group has outlined the following 10 steps that you can take to improve the ergonomics of your workstation. Additional resources are also available at the CUErgo Web site.

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