It’s important to consider non-computer factors, too. Even something as simple as the arrangement of items on and around one’s work area can have an effect on one’s health (Apple, 2007). While it’s understandable that some people are concerned about the æsthetics of their workspaces, an emphasis on those æsthetics, rather than on the fit and arrangement of the furniture in workspaces, could result in injuries (Typing Injuries, 2007).
Canadian business writer Susan Ward notes that “Attention to basic computer ergonomics can help us avoid not only immediate back and neck pain but alleviate conditions such as recurring headaches and improve our concentration” (Ward, 2009).
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Typing Injuries Frequently Asked Questions (2007). Furniture. Retrieved 2007-04-01 from <http://www.tifaq.com/furniture.html>.
Ward, S. (2009). 7 Computer Ergonomics Tips. Retrieved 2012-09-27 from <http://sbinfocanada.about.com/b/2009/06/08/7-computer-ergonomics-tips.htm>.
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