Like belly button configuration, neither 'innee' or 'outee' seated preference is right or wrong as long as it respects basic ergonomic guidelines for computer work:
- wrists should be in a neutral position at 90° to shoulders for mouse / keyboarding
- set monitor height to the area of the screen where the eyes most often focus
- keep monitor distance at arm's length or more
- chair height should allow the feet to rest flat on the floor
- change position often
- alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day
Unfortunately, unlike belly button configuration which is more or less random, office configuration usually is not.
Most office furniture manufacturers in North America have adopted an office worksurface height of 29-30" (75cm) as a standard and that tends to favour the 'outee' camp by a large margin. Why is that?
For many people, a 29" high worksurface is too high for proper wrist positioning. The solution adopted overwhelmingly in North America is to accessorize worksurfaces with keyboard arm/tray combinations that allow for proper wrist heights.
But this also wastes space, increasing the footprint of the work area by pushing the keyboard out in front of the desk. And it frustrates the 'innees', many of whom choose to remove the keyboard arms and do their keyboarding on their worksurface at a less than optimal ergonomic height.
How to accommodate your office 'innees' ?
European manufacturers have one solution. They tend to build workstations with a lower worksurface height. As well as being better suited ergonomically, this design saves expensive space by reducing the workstation footprint because keyboard arms are often not necessary.
Short of replacing existing furniture, a possible solution in North American offices is to lower the worksurface below 29" if the installed furniture system allows for that adjustability.
For the Innees:
- the WorkFit-SR series
- the Workfit-TL
- the VOX electric lift desk with full 24" - 50" range of motion
- the WorkFit Electric Standing Desk
- the WorkFit-A
For the Outees: