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Adjustable monitor arm

This recommendation contributes to improvements in
Individual Workspace

Neck pain and shoulder pain can occur while working if the screen is not accurately positioned. If the screen is too low the user’s head will tilt forward, or back if the screen is placed too high. An adjustable monitor arm lets the user change the screen position for maximum comfort and to adjust to minimize glare. As the user shifts seated or standing posture, an adjustable monitor arm permits easy movement of the screen. 

Adjustable monitor arms are also effective for those wearing bifocals or progressive lenses, letting the worker place the screen in their best line of sight for the task.


Remember to take breaks from looking at the screen every 15 minutes to something far away for a minute or two to reduce eye strain.


Users should sit/stand with eyes centered at their screen, the use of an adjustable monitor arm facilitates users’ adjustability for ergonomic purposes.


Adjust the computer monitor to be approximately an arm’s length away from the front of the body and at a height that keeps the head in an upright (neutral) posture.

Read more

If you want to learn more, we suggest the following resources:

Alan Hedge, Ergonomic Guidelines for arranging a Computer Workstation – 10 steps for users. Cornell University Ergonomics Web. June 13, 2015. 

Anna Perling, Jordan McMahon. The Best Monitor Arms. Wirecutter NYTimes.  

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