The monitor should always be placed directly in front of you. Even if it’s a couple of inches off to the right or left, it can be aggravating to your neck, shoulders, and upper back. That’s because it’s an awkward posture risk factor that places the neck out of neutral range (see Risk Factors: Awkward Postures post). Some people contend that they need to keyboard while talking to a person across from their desk or counter and that the monitor is in the way. If this is the case, move the monitor to the side when working with people, and move it back when you are working on your own. With the lighter flat screen monitors, this shouldn’t be too taxing, but if it is, a rolling monitor stand may be helpful.