I'm working from home full-time. Hooray! Except the corporate overlords aren't inclined to send an ergonomics expert around to the house to make sure I'm not slowly killing myself. I have a few specific questions about ergonomics and visual health in a home office.
Possibly relevant details: I'm 29, male, no health problems, average weight for my height. I am very nearsighted and cannot work at a computer without glasses. Between work and personal projects, I sit at the computer 60-70 hours per week. I exercise and do the basic smart-worker things
, and I've read some good advice
on ergonomics in general, but a few specific answers about preventative measures have proven elusive.
1) I have a cheap desk chair that is not particularly comfortable, but not so un
comfortable that I notice it when I'm working. I have sat in this chair for roughly 60 hours per week for months and have no complaints of back pain or other chair-related maladies. Am I risking permanent damage by using a cheap chair unless/until physical problems emerge? I've encountered a number of (inexpert) arguments
recently that professional sitters should invest in quality chairs for the sake of long-term health.
2) I like my nerd cave
. My preferred mode of working (day or night) is in the dark save for the cool, soothing light of my monitors, and I'm filled with glee at having escaped the fluorescent hell of the office. I've not (yet) encountered irritated eyes or other problems from working this way. Am I slowly damaging my eyesight by spending all day in this low-light environment? If I need to add more light, can I just put some kind of bias lighting
behind the monitors, or should the whole room be moderately lit?
3) Same sort of question about keyboards: I do a lot of typing on a bog-standard desktop keyboard with a fairly light keypress. I have no specific complaints about it. But I've seen comments suggesting keyboards with a firmer keypress
and/or an ergonomically split configuration
for people with hand/wrist problems. Is it a good idea to switch before
problems actually begin to occur?
I know it would be best to hire an ergonomics consultant, but work won't pay for it, so I decided to try the hive mind first. You are not my doctor or optometrist, but the benefit of your experience is appreciated. Thanks in advance!