Seven Ergonomic Tips for Mobile Device Users

From smartphones to tablets, technology has drastically changed the way we communicate. Now, more than ever, it’s common for employees to use mobile devices for work. Following proper ergonomics is just as important when employees are on the go as when they are in the office. It can help minimize discomfort and potentially avoid repetitive trauma injuries down the road.  

Share this best-practice checklist with employees to help them reduce discomfort when using mobile devices.

  1. Keep messages brief to reduce the number of keystrokes used — the more strokes, the more strain on hands, fingers, and thumbs.
  2. Take advantage of word prediction or autocomplete tools offered on the device.
  3. Use shortcuts to reduce the need for scrolling.
  4. Hold the device with a neutral grip, and ensure the wrists are straight and not bent in any direction.
  5. Maintain an upright posture while using the device. Avoid bending your head down and rounding your shoulders.
  6. Rest your thumb occasionally by using alternative fingers.
  7. Type using the pad of your fingertip to avoid an awkward, bent position for your thumb (often caused by using the tip of the fingernail).

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The illustrations, instructions, and principles in this material are general in scope and, to the best of our knowledge, current at the time of publication. No attempt has been made to interpret any referenced codes, standards, or regulations nor to identify all potential risks or requirements.