Have been struggling myself for the last number of weeks with onset of Repetitive Strain Injuries (associated with prolonged use of keyboards). I see Karlin Lillington writing on the subject in today’s Irish Times – I can identify with her actual experience.
I have experimented with a number of steps in my office environment to address the issue – in terms of monitor, mouse, keyboard, height of screen. And this has made a difference. However I almost need to take my office environment with me! The benefit of the cloud to me has been that I can keep whatever I am working on somewhere in the cloud. Therefore I can work from anywhere so long as I have internet access. This includes using my own laptop, other PCs at home or at client sites, using a mobile device on public transport (to check mail), etc.
Obviously not practical to bring the perfect ergonomic environment with me. But what I must do – and try to do – is to think sensibly about the type of activity I am happy to engage in – given the particular ergonomic environment. It’s a matter of common sense – avoid the heavy duty lifting when you don’t have the right equipment.