Michigan State University

Workstation Set Up

An employee can spend a lot of time at her/his workstation. Therefore, it is very important to make sure your workstation is safe and comfortable. Here are some recommendations to make that happen:

  • Keep the top of the monitor at or just below eye level.
  • Your head and neck should be in-line with your torso.
  • Keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows close to your body. Your elbows should form slightly more than a 90 degree angle.
  • Your chair should support your back.
  • Your hands and wrists should be kept straight. Do not bend your hands up at the wrists!
  • Keep your keyboard, mouse, and other items you use frequently, close to you.
  • Your feet should be flat on the ground or use a footrest to support your feet.
  • Room lighting should match screen brightness.
  • Less light is better. Need more light as age.
  • Use task lights if necessary. Light should be where work is occurring and should not be directly overhead. Position to reduce glare and shadows.
  • Use a document holder or headphones if necessary.
  • See our section on dual monitors.
  • For more information see: