The 5 ways you can instantly improve your office ergonomics
Good ergonomics is imperative to a productive and healthy work environment. When office ergonomics is good, employees will feel happier, motivated and more comfortable in their workspace.
Implementing ergonomics into your work space is a no brainer. It will save you money in the long run, it increases employee morale, and it keeps the office an enjoyable space to work in.
There are numerous ways you can implement ergonomics into your office, here are a few below:
- Establish a good working posture – This should be a number one priority to all employees. When an individual’s posture is correct, it will decrease the chances of contracting back, neck and shoulder pain. The ideal posture for office workers who sit for prolonged hours is to sit with hands, wrists, and forearms in line and parallel to the floor. The head should be level, facing forward with no turn to the left or right, and should be in line with the torso.
- Invest in ergonomic furniture – Ergonomic furniture is made to make working in an office environment more comfortable. The types of ergonomic furniture you can get include ergonomic chairs, desks, office accessories, back supports and foot rests. If you find you’re suffering with a bad back and neck then it’s likely you need some ergonomic furniture to fix it.
- Reduce repetitive movement – Repeating the same motion over and over again, such as typing on a keyboard all day, will cause stress and eventually this can lead to injury. The best way to reduce repetitive moment is by changing tasks regularly throughout the day, even if it’s for a short time.
- Stand up and move around – This is really important. If you’re an officer work, you should stand up and walk around every hour and take a few minutes to stretch your legs. Sitting for prolonged periods can make sitting down feel really uncomfortable. If you are concentrating on your computer all day too, it’s good for your eyes and mind to get some fresh air.
- Environmental setting – This is usually overlooked when it comes to discussing ergonomics in the working environment. The two key elements of a good environmental setting are lighting and temperature. Temperature settings should be set to a level that everyone finds comfortable, and lighting should be as natural as possible, but should not cause glare on computer screens.
If you think your office has poor ergonomics, and ergonomic furniture sounds like something you’d like to invest in, then getting a DSE assessment may be worthwhile.
DSE assessments include a full written report of the existing workstation which helps both line managers and ‘end users’ identify any issues with current setups as well as any specific products that may assist on a proactive basis with regards to Musculoskeletal Disorders.
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