September 14, 2012
What's wrong with this picture?
Before I answer the question in the headline, I will note what's right about the photo, which accompanied Sarah E. Needleman's September 12 Wall Street Journal article.
1. The gentleman — Micah Baldwin — in his home treadmill workspace, quite high end to be sure.
2. His dog.
So what's wrong with the picture?
Look at the computer screen — more specifically, its height.
Now look at the man on his treadmill.
Note the relative heights of the man's eyes and the computer screen.
Ergonomically, your eyes — while you are walking on your treadmill in your workspace — should be level with the center of your computer and/or other screen(s).
That enables your neck to be in a neutral position as opposed to bending down as is the case with the man pictured.
His eyes are level with the top of his screen, and thus he is expending extra energy and tiring himself unnecessarily, not compatible with a great treadmill workspace experience.
I will be contacting Mr. Baldwin after this post appears to offer advice on how to improve his environment.
September 14, 2012 at 04:31 PM | Permalink
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OSHA at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/components_monitors.html provides the common ergonomics advice to have your eyes level with the top of your monitor level, not the center. Though I'm not sure what that's based on, and whether it translates to being on a treadmill vs standing vs sitting.
Posted by: Michael | Sep 14, 2012 8:31:41 PM
I can tell you what's right about the picture, from my point of view - his pants look almost exactly like the ones I'm wearing this very minute, except mine extend to the feet, and my t-shirt is green, not red, with Atlanta State Farmers' Market written on it. I compliment Mr. Baldwin on his fashion selections. And his canine communication skills, apparently.
Posted by: Flautist | Sep 14, 2012 6:28:19 PM
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