Sitting at your desk – the do’s and don’ts

Sitting at your desk – the do’s and don’ts

For many, sitting at your desk is an everyday occurrence – it’s part of your job. But what if you are sitting at your desk wrong, it could have a long lasting impact on your body and affect the way you move, increasing the pain in your back, neck or shoulders.


Employees who regularly use computer equipment often report discomfort. Therefore, we provide Display Screen Equipment (DSE) examination, to see whether you are sitting at your desk properly. Offering recommendations and affordable remedial actions which will help you feel more comfortable at your work station.

What we offer

We will come and visit you at your workstations and carry our an onsite DSE assessment. Providing comprehensive reports of their findings, and alterations to how you work at your desk.


Quick tips

We have created a quick list to help try and prevent any injuries, as many of these injuries can be prevented by knowing how to sit at your desk properly.


Your chair

  • Make sure your hips are as far back as they can go to your chair
  • Adjust your seat height so your feet are flat to the floor and your knees are either 90˚ or slightly below your hips


Your keyboard

  • Pull your keyboard close to you and position it directly in front of you.
  • Adjust the keyboard height so your shoulders are relaxed and your elbows are slightly in an open position



  • Position your screen so it is 2-3” above seated eye position, allowing your neck to be relaxed when looking at the screen
  • Position the screen an arm’s length away


Remember it is important to have breaks every so often to rest your eyes. Rest your eyes by looking away from your screen and stare at something in the distance, this will help focus your eyes and avoid eye fatigue. It is also essential to get away from your desk, try and move away from your desk at lunch time.


For more information on this and DSE assessments, click here and view our page. Remember to ring us on 0333 2200 238 to speak to our Occupational health team and make an enquiry.

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