In the initial weeks of a new job we have so many forms to complete that I’m sure the workspace assessment doesn’t really warrant much attention. The form itself is a tick box exercise but really we should be spending much more time looking at our workspace. As assistants we spend hours every day sat at our desk so it is important that we are comfortable, we have everything positioned within easy reach and we are aware of our posture. There is nothing worse than putting up with an uncomfortable sitting position or straining to see our screens but many of us do and many of us have aches and pains as a consequence. There isn’t much we can do to change the fact that we have to spend a long time sitting at our desk but there are many things we can do to ensure that we stay healthy and maintain a good posture in the workplace. There are loads of benefits too – from injury prevention to increased concentration (apparently good posture can help increase your metabolism and your libido – who knew that!?)
According to the OSHA website the following should be considered when trying to maintain a neutral posture at work:
- Hands, wrists, and forearms are straight, in-line and roughly parallel to the floor
- Head is level, or bent slightly forward, forward facing, and balanced. Generally it is in-line with the torso
- Shoulders are relaxed and upper arms hang normally at the side of the body
- Elbows stay in close to the body and are bent between 90 and 120 degrees
- Feet are fully supported by the floor or a footrest may be used if the desk height is not adjustable
- Back is fully supported with appropriate lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly
- Thighs and hips are supported by a well-padded seat and generally parallel to the floor
- Knees are about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward
The benefits of an ergonomic mouse
Did you know that 68% of the people working between 4-7 hours in front of the computer daily are coping with pains related to using the mouse? Only 4-7 hours? We spend much more time in front of our screens and most of us have our hand placed constantly on the mouse.
Over the years I’ve seen colleagues use an ergonomic mouse, which they raved about, but only recently have I really seen the benefits. A traditional mouse forces us to use our arms, back, shoulders, neck, hands, and wrists to perform a simple task – moving the cursor on a computer screen. This is the root of many potential problems. If you look at the list detailed above, stretching for a mouse on a frequent basis is not going to ensure we maintain a neutral posture. Another problem with using an old fashioned mouse is that we have to reach out to the side to operate it which can cause shoulder issues and also it makes it hard to get full use of the chair we are sitting in. A chair is adjusted to fit a person sitting up right but when reaching for a mouse to the side the person is no longer using the chair the way it is designed to be used
RollerMouse is an ergonomic alternative to the traditional mouse that sits directly in front of your keyboard. You move the cursor by touching the rollerbar lightly with your fingertips which eliminates unnecessary movement and helps form safer working habits. The RollerMouse is placed in the middle of the recommended work zone, eliminating long and repetitive reaching movements. So you are working safely but you are also working more effectively when using a RollerMouse.
I asked my good friend, Stacy Price, an Executive Assistant at the London Stock Exchange to test a RollerMouse for me. She has used the RollerMouse over the last month, here is her review:
- The palm rest was the perfect height and was very comfortable for resting my palms on
- The palm rest was made from a durable leatherette so could be wiped clean easily – I spilled a cup of tea and left some messy finger prints which have all disappeared!
- The RollerMouse was very heavy-duty and stiff which allowed me to have the front part hanging off my desk (which was a more comfortable position because I did not have to reach forward)
- The roller bar moved accurately and was easy for me to touch for direct clicking
- The roller bar never ran out of space or reached end of travel even though I had dual screens
- The keyboard risers were height and angle adjustable so I was able to set-it up in the bests possible position
- Because it was heavy-duty it did not move even though I am very heavy-handed
- I absolutely loved the copy & paste functionality which was far quicker than using the keyboard (i.e. ctrl c & ctrl v)
- It did take a while to get used to. To begin with I was reaching for my old mouse – this did stop after a few days though.
All in all I would recommend the RollerMouse particularly for assistants. I will continue using the RollerMouse and other assistants have already asked me if it is a worthwhile investment. Also our IT technician loved it – which is always a good sign!
Try the RollerMouse for free
RollerMouse offer a free trial for all assistants that want to switch from an old fashioned mouse to a new ergonomic design. The trial works as followed:
- Click on this link to take you to the free trial website
- Sign up using the form to the right and send it to Contour Design.
- A sales representative will then contact you to arrange a trial.
- RollerMouse will arrive within 5 to 7 business days. You’ll have 30 days to try RollerMouse. Make sure to keep the box.
A sales representative will contact you within the last five (5) days of the trial to determine if you would like to keep and be charged for the product or return it.
Win a RollerMouse by entering our competition! – Competition closed
Over the next month we are hosting a giveaway exclusively for Practically Perfect PA readers! RollerMouse are giving two lucky assistants the chance to win either a RollerMouse FREE2 or a RollerMouse RED (usually retailing at £262.80). For your chance to win a free RollerMouse all you have to do is like the RollerMouse Facebook page and complete the form below. Simple as that!