Ergonomics is a person centred design approach that allows people to interact with their environment in a positive and healthy way. Ergonomics if done effectively will recognise that not all users are the same and in fact, incorporate individual requirements. This principle should be factored into the ergonomic design process from the beginning.

If you’re following an ergonomic journey, read on to see 3 processes to consider.

 

1. Adjustable Office Furniture

 

Work related injuries both mentally and physically causes considerable time and money loss to many companies. In reality, small and cost effective steps can prevent this. As the sayings goes, if you invest in your staff, they’ll invest in you and a healthy workforce is a happy one - we could go on!

Adjustable office furniture is one of the many, easy and cost effective ways of ensuring the office ergonomics are designed for the users.

Office chair - an adjustable office chair provides the essential benefit of adapting to staff of all heights. The correct seat height means thighs are parallel to the floor and feet are flat on the floor. A breathable, cushioned chair provides optimal comfort.

Back rests - an adjustable back rest not only adjust up and down but on an angle too.  Better quality adjustable back rests will have lumbar support.

Arm rests - good quality chairs will have these attached and allow your arms to rest when not in use. Ideally, they should be low so that arms are relaxed and bend at a 90 degree angle.

 

2. Workstation Setup

 

If staff are expected to complete long and labour intensive tasks, workstation setup, if done correctly can help to contribute to a productive workforce.

Standing desks - designed to counteract the unhealthy attributes associated with standing up for a long period of time.  They’ve been associated with lowering heart problems, sugar levels and weight gain. And encourage staff to take more of active approach to working.

Multiple screens - the old school of thinking viewed multiple screens as a way of inviting distractions. Nowadays ergonomic experts conclude that providing multiple screens can help users to process information faster, reduce errors and prevent stress.

Computer monitor arms- eye strain is a common problem for many office based workers. Computer monitor arms help to keep the monitor at the correct level for the user helping to prevent neck and eye strain. They’re also available for laptop and tablet options too to assist with flexible working

 

3. Other Ergonomic Factors

 

Frequent Breaks - ideally workers should have a short break every 20 minutes to help with peak performance and productivity. In the reality of a busy working day there’s not always that amount of time but staff should be encouraged to take breaks where possible and to move around the office as often as they can. 

Break out spaces - the modern office sees break out spaces such as cafes, comfortable seating areas and concentration booths. These spaces help with collaboration, internal networking and task specific areas.