*This article was originally published in 2015 and was updated in April 2017 for this audience.
Accountants spend huge amounts of time at their desks, many of which were acquired before the advent of multiple monitors and the knowledge of optimum ergonomic desk configurations. While most of us were taught in school that sitting up straight, having an organized study space with good lighting, and focusing on one subject at a time makes us more productive, those lessons are often forgotten within firms, particularly during the more hectic busy seasons when individual productivity really needs to be optimized.
When a discussion on ergonomics comes up, most partners think about extreme examples such as the lost productivity of a co-worker due to a repetitive stress injury or absenteeism caused by a person with a chronic issue such as back pain. While critical issues must take precedence, owners often forget about or discount the daily loss of productivity caused by an improper working environment. Improper equipment and subpar work environments create fatigue that causes more work errors, resulting in lower profitability. Add on top of