Too Old For A Freaking Booster Seat
December 14, 2011 7:30 AM Subscribe
Hive mind, I poll your collective wisdom to reccomend me some sort of cushion that I can use for my office chair so I can be closer to the proper height above my desk to avoid computer-related RSIs.
posted by thereemix to shopping (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I work in an office at a job that basically requires that I be at a computer all day long. It's an open workstation set up (think cubicles w/o dividers) and in essence, my computer is on a long table shared by two other colleagues. My chair is raised to it's maximum possible height and I still am sitting too low to type comfortably. To give you an idea of how low it is, if I rest my elbows on the table I actually have to raise my arms/hunch my shoulders. When I am seated normally, the table top is literally two inches below my breasts (sorry for the crassness, just trying to convey the absurdity of the situation). I feel like a toddler w/o a booster seat. Typing is massively uncomfortable.
The table height is apparently unadjustable (I have asked). Apparently this whole office was renovated a few years back to become a bit more modern/minimalist, but whatever genius came up with the table design didn't bother to make sure that the set up would be OSHA compliant. It is decidedly not. I asked for a new chair but can't find any that raise me to the proper level.
Everyone in the office suffers with this but apparently I am the only one bothering to complain. Drummimg up a collective effort to demand the table height be adjusted has therefore gone nowhere. I get the feeling they all think I am being difficult. (I think they are all doing a disservice to their backs and wrists, but whatever, it's their problem.) I already have chronic sciatica from a crappy non-OSHA compliant workstation at my last job (which I did not complain about because it was my first post college job and I didn't know any better, a literally painful lesson to learn) and do not want to aggravate it or cause more back problems. The area between my shoulder blades is starting to hurt now and I think it's largely due to this chair/table height issue and it's pissing me off.
Since no one takes my complaints seriously I have decided that I need to just take matters into my own hands and buy some sort of seat boosting cushion to raise me up about 4-5 inches higher. Does anyone have any suggestions for what cushion to buy or where I might look for such a thing? It would be nice to not break the bank on this as well.
(If anyone has any suggestions for how to get HR to take this issue more seriously that would be nice, too. My last job I ended up filing a workmans' comp claim to cover doctor's appointments/missed work. Rather not let things escalate to that level here this time around...)
My back and I thank you in advance.