Laptop Tips

  • Use a separate monitor, if available. If not, use a lap-top riser or place laptop on table/desk, elevated by books to eye height.
  • Use a separate keyboard and mouse.
  • Increase font size or zoom.

Work Surface

Should be close to elbow height, with elbows at sides and bent 90 degrees.

Take Breaks

Get up 1-2 times every hour to change positions, stretch and move around.

Proper Seated Posture

  • Feet on floor/foot rest/box.
  • Hips/knees at same height.
  • Elbows at sides and bent 90 Degrees.
  • Neck straight— head not turned to side and chin not tilted up or down.

Seating Tips

  • Use a chair that will allow you to sit with feet on floor.
  • If seat is too high, use a small box/books/footrest to support feet.
  • If chair has hard surfaces, use a seat cushion and pillow/cushions for back support.

Prepared by the Ergonomics Division of the Duke Occupational and Environmental Safety Office