Productivity research appears to be at an all-time high, with many employees wanting to understand steps they can take to work better and smarter. This might take the form of tools for maintaining work-life balance or strategies for improving focus. In the case of community managers, one of the best ways to stay productive is to create a good environment for your work hours.
Here, we’ll review some of the options available that can improve the quality of a desk setup. Whether you want to make updates to your existing desk at work or you’re creating a home office space, putting the best elements possible into your desk area will promote the best physical and mental wellbeing while you’re working.
Portrait versus landscape is an increasingly common question for people who spend the majority of their time at computers. For community managers, it’s a natural fit to have a vertically displayed monitor. Think about the nature of the sites that you need to read through the day; social media networks have long streams of posts, and being able to see more of them at a time would be a benefit to the tasks at hand. Even crawling news sites or feeds is best suited to a vertical display where you can see more information at a time.
Outfitting your desk with a vertical monitor option can take two different forms. If you’re not sure that you want to commit fully to the different display, than you can purchase a pivoting monitor, such as these ultra-wide models from Samsung or NEC. Or you can look for a mount that can accommodate all your screen viewing needs, from orientation to tilt to height. Mount-It is a great resource for that hardware.
Another trend in workplace ergonomics is to have the option to stand while working at your desk. Current research has shown that sedentary habits can have a negative effect on health, so having the opportunity to stand and stretch while staying productive can be a double bonus.
As with making the monitor switch, some choices for desks allow you to alternate between standing and sitting. That makes for a smooth transition, as well as giving you the option to rest your legs as needed.
Varidesk is one way to have both options. This is an adjustable platform to place on top of your normal desk, allowing you to adjust the height of your monitor and keyboard. Another choice for those who want adjustability is NextDesk. The sleek desk’s height can change with the touch of a button. For a less expensive option, the creatively minded person can put together a standing or adjustable desk out of components from Ikea.
Even the most health-conscious employee needs to sit sometimes. Fortunately, there are plenty of good choices for ways to park your rear while working. Exercise balls are a popular option that might help you burn more calories than sitting in a normal chair. The benefits for posture or comfort vary from person to person, so consider testing one out at your local gym before jumping on the bandwagon.
Ergonomic Office Chair
There’s also still room for a traditional chair in your office setup. If you go the sitting route, just be sure to give yourself time for standing breaks and stretching.
When you have no budgetary limitations, the standard-setter is the Herman Miller Aeron chair. If it’s good enough for New York’s Museum of Modern Art, it’s probably good enough for your office. On the other side of the budget spectrum, you can once again turn to Ikea for chair options that will keep you on track for good posture, such as the Markus chair.