Achy back, stiff neck or tingling wrist? It’s time to reevaluate your workstation setup

Whether you’re returning to the office or trying to set up a better remote workstation, proper ergonomics are a must to alleviate stress and strain, enhance productivity and reduce the chances of injury.

It's well worth your time to evaluate your workstation setup, whether in the office environment or at a remote location.
It's well worth your time to evaluate your workstation setup, whether in the office environment or at a remote location.

The following Q&A with the ergonomics specialists at UC Davis Health includes vital information that can help you optimize your workstation – at a remote location or in a health system facility.

Q: What should I do if I’m experiencing minor physical discomfort from my workstation setup, whether at a UC Davis Health location or working remotely?

A: Begin with the ergonomic self-assessment course on the UC Learning Center (search for “Healthy Working: Ergonomics”; code: DAHS-ERGO-ECO) and (re)assess your workstation. For additional information, feel free to contact the Ergonomics Unit at requestergonomics@ucdavis.edu.

Q: Are on-site ergonomic evaluations offered for remote/home offices?

A: The Ergonomics Unit provides virtual consultations for remote offices. In-person evaluations are still an option for on-site workstations, following established safety protocols. Contact the team at requestergonomics@ucdavis.edu.

Q: Can I replicate the ergonomic features of my office equipment at home?

A: The Ergonomics Unit can provide creative ways to help you adjust your workspace to increase comfort.

Q: Am I eligible for discounted equipment and furniture from UC Davis Health vendors?

A: Yes, visit the Home and Auto Discount page on the HR website for more information.

Q: Am I allowed to take ergonomic items from my office for use at home?

A: Talk with your supervisor about your specific situation. Use proper lifting techniques and get help for larger items such as chairs.

Q: What are some tips for working from a laptop?

A: If a laptop is used for extended periods of time a separate keyboard and mouse should be used. Elevating the monitor can help reduce eye and neck strain.

Q: What are other ways to maintain a healthy working environment while working remotely?

A: Be sure to check out these additional ergo tips (PDF), provided by the UC Davis Health Ergonomics Unit.